English Football (Soccer) Star Wayne Rooney was arrested for “public intoxication and swearing” at Washington Dulles International Airport. His incident serves as an important reminder that alcohol and sleeping pills do not mix well.
Rooney was in Saudi Arabia and took a private jet back to Washington, DC. The English soccer star plays for DC United and lives in Northern Virginia. During the flight, he consumed a few alcoholic beverages and also consumed sleeping pills.
Upon landing in Washington even private jet passengers must go through customs/border formalities. It was there that he was detained for public intoxication and swearing. After booking him and taking his mugshot, police let him go. Rather than appear in court, he paid he fine…of $25.
As the Daily Mail points out, Rooney is paid $2.78MN/year by DC United, meaning the fine will take him a whopping 4 minutes and 43 seconds to pay. Rooney was also hit with an administrative fee of $91.
He wasn’t trying to drive, he wasn’t harming anyone…he just had a few too many plus sleeping pills. That’s why he was immediately let go and incurred only a $25/fine. But if we learn anything from this high-profile case, it is that all travelers should be careful about mixing sleeping pills and alcohol.
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