Reckless-Driving Charge Sought for Rodney King

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 smashed 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 faster than 100 mph, Wing said. Before the officer could pursue him, King crashed through a fence, posts and a tree, striking a house.