Lamar Odom Arrested for DUI Amid Marital, Substance Abuse Problems
It just keeps getting worse for Lamar Odom. The professional athlete and reality star was arrested for driving under the influence in the early morning hours of Friday, Aug. 30, the LAPD confirms to Us Weekly.
Odom, 33, was pulled over on the 101 Freeway in the San Fernando Valley at 4 a.m. PST for driving too slowly. The California Highway Patrol then booked him on a DUI charge and took him to the Van Nuys Jail, where he was held on $15,000 bail. TMZ reports that he failed more than one sobriety test during the incident.
"Today at roughly 3:25 a.m., our officers observed a white Mercedes SUV driving eastbound on the 101 freeway approaching Sepulveda," Sergeant Denise Joslin told Us in a statement. "Our officer observed it weaving in traffic lanes at a slow speed. We conducted an enforcement stop. The driver continued eastbound to Coldwater Canyon Blvd; he came to a stop just south of the freeway, [in] the Sherman Oaks area, and was identified as Lamar Odom. He showed objective signs of intoxication, was unable to perform field sobriety tests, and he was subsequently placed under arrest and transported to LAPD's Van Nuys facility and he was booked there at 5:01 a.m."
"He refused to take a chemical test," Joslin added. "In his case, since he was a refusal, generally that involves some longer holding times. Also, his detention at the facility will be dependent on if he has any other warrants."
The DUI comes on the heels of news that Odom is battling a serious case of substance abuse. He is also dealing with problems in his four-year marriage to Keeping Up With the Kardashians star Khloe Kardashian, 29.
"The addiction had taken over their marriage," a source previously told Us. "The problem is cocaine. He would be high for three or four days at a time."
Kardashian "wants to save her marriage and him," another insider added. "She says the things he does are because of the drugs, and she just wants him to get help."