Lamar Odom Had Minor Car Crash Days Before DUI Arrest
Just six days before he was arrested for a DUI and had his license suspended for a year, Lamar Odom was involved in another vehicular conundrum -- according to the Los Angeles Times, the basketball player got into a minor car accident just off the 101 Freeway in Los Angeles on Saturday, Aug. 24.
Odom, 33, was driving his white Mercedes SUV when he accidentally hit a vehicle that then rear-ended Los Angeles Times reporter Adolfo Flores' car around 6 p.m. that evening. According to the report, all three drivers then exchanged insurance information, though Odom was initially hesitant to provide his.
"It doesn't even look that bad," he quipped when Flores insisted on getting Odom's information down.
When Flores tried to return the form to Odom after jotting down the necessary information, however, the veteran NBA player reportedly refused to take it back three times before finally agreeing to accept it. "I need it to drive," he said of the legal document. The three drivers then went their separate ways.
On Friday, Aug. 30, Odom was again caught in car troubles when he was pulled over for a DUI on the 101 Freeway in the early morning hours. The athlete reportedly failed the standard sobriety test and later refused to take a drug test -- thereby forfeiting his license for one year.
"We gave him plenty of opportunities to recant and submit [to the test] but he refused," Public Information Officer Leland Tang told Us Weekly.
Odom will be allowed to reapply for a license after one fully year by taking a written test.