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Rodney King appears on DUI charge
Several people approached King outside the courthouse Friday requesting autographs and thanking him for raising awareness about racism.
He was charged Wednesday with two misdemeanors of driving under the influence of marijuana and alcohol. Because he has a prior 2003 DUI conviction for PCP in San Bernardino, he could face a year in jail.
King rose to notoriety following a 1991 high speed chase, ending with four LAPD officers caught on camera beating King. The officers were acquitted a year later, prompting outrage that led to six days of riots in Los Angeles.
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despite a checkered past and told a fan he's "working daily" to improve his life.
Outside the Riverside Hall of Justice, King said police stopped him driving his 1994 Mitsubishi Eclipse after he changed lanes quickly. He said he was pulled over by undercover officers. He noted one motorcycle officer was adamant that he be booked.
While the brief court hearing was tempered, King walked out to several cameras and reporters, including a crew filming the show "Celebrity Rehab," on which he was a cast member in 2008.
"A lot's changed since 1991," King said. "My history makes me think about it a lot. I'm not comfortable around police. I'd rather meet them on a different basis."
a Moreno Valley DUI charge.
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King said he was forced to sit on the curb for two hours and passed each of his field sobriety tests. A breathalyzer wasn't working, so officers ordered a blood test, King said. Though King was charged with a blood alcohol concentration over .08, he said he's still waiting for the test results.
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