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Charges Linked to Crash Urged for Rodney King

May 16, 2003|From Times Staff Reports

Police sought misdemeanor charges Wednesday against Rodney G. King -- whose videotaped beating by police led to the 1992 Los Angeles riots -- for allegedly driving recklessly while under the influence of drugs when he crashed his SUV into a house last month.

"He had a sufficient amount of PCP in his system to warrant the charges," Rialto Police Sgt. Paul Wing said.

On April 13, a police officer in Rialto, where King lives, saw him driving at more than 100 mph, Wing said. Before the officer could pursue him, King crashed into the house.

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