*Rodney King managed to escape jail time today in connection with his DUI arrest last summer.
The man famously beaten by four white police officers in Simi Valley in 1991 struck a plea deal in which he won’t have to serve time behind bars, despite the fact he has a prior DUI conviction on his record, reports TMZ.
King pled guilty to reckless driving for a July 12, 2011 incident in Riverside County, CA. 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. Although it’s below the legal limit, 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.
According to TMZ, 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.”