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Rodney King

No Jail After 2nd DUI Arrest

2/27/2012 11:58 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Rodney King just got a slap on the wrist for his DUI arrest last summer -- striking a plea deal in which he won't have to serve a single second behind bars ... despite the fact he has a prior DUI conviction on his record.

Rodney pled guilty today to reckless driving for the July 12, 2011 incident in Riverside County, CA ... and in exchange, prosecutors agreed to drop the DUI charge.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ, Rodney's blood alcohol level was only .06 at the time of his arrest -- below the legal limit -- but marijuana was also found in his system.

King was sentenced to 20 days house arrest and 3 years summary probation. He is also required to attend a 9-month alcohol education program, and pay a $500 fine plus court costs.

King dodged a major bullet by avoiding the DUI conviction ... because he was convicted for DUI in California back in 2004 ... and in CA, 2 DUI convictions within 10 years means MANDATORY jail time.

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31.

Chris    

Such an outstanding citizen.

935 days ago
32.

The Gay Nazis For Jesus     

Your never the same after a L.A. Police azz whooping.

935 days ago
33.

Throwback kid    

Hey, he is black and back in the news again. Will Kim Kardashian's publicist call Rodney King to try to set up a date with him like she did with Jeremy Lin?

935 days ago
34.

Regina    

I'm very sad to hear that he is drinking again. When he was on Celebrity Rehab he seemed very eager to dry out and stay sober. If the LAPD hadn't done what they did and beat him for no reason, he wouldn't be this bad. This is partly their fault. I hope that he finds the strength to finally get sober.

935 days ago
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Cognizant _illiberal    

I really hope rodney gets it together he is really good guy from what i have heard of him he just has a substance abuse problem he has a good heart though , i am praying for you rodney

935 days ago
36.

arsenal19    

Karl Malone

935 days ago
37.

NickSunset    

Mr. Juicee i was appalled by your reference of riding Kelly Osbourne like a horse an obvious slight to her HUGE weight Gain. Sir if you truly are talking about horse racing my money would be on Kirstie Alley who is also gaining all her lost weight back. She is nimble see her on DWTS?

935 days ago
38.

The Neko Nation    

When they were handing out intelligence this ghetto savage was no present. Will this pathetic piece of trash ever learn?

935 days ago
39.

THIN LIZZY    

Ok I'll go real slow for some of you. In Ca..08 and above is grounds to be charged with a DUI. Because his limit was.06, they can't charge him with a DUI. The best they could do and sounds like they did was a Wet Reckless. They don't give a rip about the weed, if he got in an accident, hit something or somebody, then they would've maxed him out. I feel bad for the dude, let's see you get beat by four batons in front of the whole world and live a normal life after that. Dude's probaly still having nightmares about that crap, that's why he's still drinking.

935 days ago
40.

kliph     

I've had 5 DUI's without jail time. Don't take the breathalyzer test, no evidence against you.

935 days ago
41.

Cliche Guevara    

Aaaaw, he's such a nice guy. Can't wait till this nice guys kills someone with his car, we could let that one slip by, after all he is such a nice guy.
I would suggest beating some sense into him but I think that wouldn't do any good.

935 days ago
42.

MP    

There is no deterrent to drunk driving. How sad. After a 2nd DUI conviction there should be some serious jail time involved.

935 days ago
43.

Dw    

Well, if Lindsey Lohan can get off easy why can't he!?

935 days ago
44.

UPYOURS    

This guy just doesn't get it. And why is he getting the infamous LL pass?

935 days ago
45.

American Mom    

After reading some of these posts it sounds as if many people feel sorry for him and think it's ok that he drinks and drives because he's a nice guy who is having a hard time after being beaten by the cops. I think he can be a nice guy having a hard time at home. He is driving people! Drink to your hearts content at home. Once you step out of your home and get in a car after drinking, you put other nice people having a hard time in danger. That is not fair! In the year 2012 why don't people get not to drive if they are going to party? Dude, if you are reading this, you should look at the positive of your life, you have had so many close calls and survived them, Praise God and learn from it.

935 days ago
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