Former Los Angeles Clippers forward Lamar Odom has reportedly had a summer he would like to forget. According to a number of media accounts, Odom has had well-publicized run-ins with paparazzi, dealt with allegations of marital infideltity, and reportedly has a ongoing substance abuse problem. Friends and family are rumored to have staged an intervention for the troubled player, who won two NBA Championships with the Los Angeles Lakers less than four years ago.
Odom was arrested in the early hours of August 30th on suspicion of DUI, when California Highway Patrol officers reportedly observed his car traveling down an empty highway "in a serpentine manner."
After he was stopped, Odom allegedly failed field sobriety tests and was taken into custody. Charges were not immediately filed, and the report from ESPN.com did not give any details regarding the reasons why he was not originally charged with a crime. Nevertheless, Odom faces up to six months in jail and a $1000 fine due to misdemeanor he is charged with.
Another important detail (that is likely to be contested) is Odom's blood alcohol content. A person driving with a BAC of .08 or higher can be charged with a crime. Again, it is unknown what Odom's BAC was at the time of his arrest, or whether authorities had to wait for blood samples to be analyzed before formal charges were filed.
If it is a close case (i.e. a BAC of .10 or lower) Odom's legal representatives may challenge the test readings. As we have highlighted in our prior posts, a number of breathalyzer machines have been found to be improperly calibrated, which can lead to inaccurate test results.
Source: ESPN.com, Lamar Odom charged with DUI, September 13, 2013