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Lamar Odom Arrested for DUI in California

USA Today reports that Lamar Odom, NBA veteran, was arrested in California by the California Highway Patrol early Friday morning for drunken driving. According to reports, the California Highway Patrol spotted Odom’s white Mercedes SUV on the 101 Freeway at 3:25 a.m. "driving in a serpentine manner at 50 mph." Friday morning Odom posted his $15,000 bail and was released from jail at 8:33 a.m. This according to the report issued by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. He is set to appear in California’s DUI court on September 27, 2013.

What about Odom’s behavior?

The California Highway Patrol noted that Odom, 33, did not display any "objective signs of intoxication and was unable to perform sobriety tests as explained and demonstrated." The California Highway Patrol asked Odom to perform a chemical test at the Los Angeles Police Department's Van Nuys Jail at 5:01 a.m., which he refused.

Who is Lamar Odom?

Lamar Odom, a veteran NBA player, has spent most of his career in Los Angeles with the Clippers. He played in Dallas during the 2011-12 season where he did not play well. Last season with the Clippers he averaged four points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 19.7 minutes per game. His greatest success, however, came with the Lakers, where he won two championships in 2009 and 2010. This DUI is not Odom’s first run in with the law- he admitted to marijuana drug use in 2001 after facing a suspension by the NBA for violating the league's drug policy. He has also had some personal struggles. His mother died of cancer when he was a young boy, his dad was a drug addict and he had a son die suddenly in 2006. Odom is also no stranger to celebrity. He is married to television star Khloe Kardashian, less famous sister of Kim Kardashian. There have been no comments about the DUI arrest from the Kardashian's publicity group, PMK-BNC. Some news outlets have reported that there has been some “speculation about Odom’s whereabouts and well-being” prior to the DUI arrest.

Penalties for a DUI in California?

If convicted for Dui in California, Lamar Odom can expect to receive no less than 96 hours and no more than 6 months in jail, a fine between $390 and $1,000 (plus penalties), and a license suspension of six months. He also will have to complete a driving under the influence program approved by the state. He may also have to install an ignition interlock device on his car if required by the court.

What does Odom’s refusal mean?

Refusing a chemical test after a DUI arrest in California will result in an automatic license suspension. Odom can expect to lose his license for a specified time period regardless of whether or not he is ultimately convicted of DUI. Many experts suggest it is often better to take the chemical test, especially for first time DUI offenders, because the penalties for refusal can be so severe.  
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