FONTANA, Calif. (AP) Rodney King, whose videotaped beating by police officers sparked the Los Angeles riots of 1992, has been sentenced to drug treatment and jail for driving under the influence and reckless driving.
King pleaded guilty Wednesday and was sentenced to a three-month alcohol awareness program and six months of drug treatment, followed by four months in jail. He must also pay a $1,454 fine and will be on probation for three years.
Police said King raced through an intersection in Rialto at more than 100 mph on April 13 before losing control of his new SUV, striking a utility pole, crashing into a fence and hitting a house. King, 38, of Rialto, suffered a fractured pelvis and cracked ribs.
Authorities said tests revealed he had a "significant amount" of the drug PCP in his system.
Deputy District Attorney Jim McGee said that while the treatment gives King "the opportunity to turn his life around," he deserved jail time.
King's attorney, Duane Dade, said treatment should help his client but maintains the sentence was "probably over and above what the regular person gets."
King was pulled over in 1991 and beaten by police officers who said he acted menacingly and refused to follow orders. A bystander videotaped four white officers pummeling King, who is black.
After a jury acquitted the officers in 1992, riots broke out across Los Angeles and lasted four days, leaving 55 people dead and more than 2,000 injured. The mayhem caused $1 billion in property damage.
King received a $3.8 million settlement from Los Angeles in 1994.
He had several run-ins with the law in the years that followed and was sentenced to 90 days in jail and four years probation in 1999 for spousal abuse. In 2001 he pleaded no contest to indecent exposure and being under the influence of PCP and was sentenced to a year in a drug treatment center.