Lamar Odom DUI Trial: Not Guilty Plea Entered (UPDATE)
UPDATE (October 9, 2013):
Lamar Odom has entered a not guilty plea for the DUI charge against him stemming from a vehicle stop during the early morning of August 30, 2013. Lamar was not present at the hearing himself; his counsel, Rich Hutton, entered the plea on his behalf.
As reported earlier, Lamar refused all chemical sobriety tests at the time his vehicle was stopped, which may in fact help his case. However, the officers who pulled Lamar over will likely testify that he failed "numerous field sobriety tests" prior to arrest. Pretrial has been set for November. In the mean time, the judge has advised Lamar to mind his Ps and Qs.
UPDATE (September 27, 2013):
Lamar's arraignment in relation to his DUI has been delayed, according to a TMZ report. Lamar's attorney appeared in court and requested a continuance; Lamar was not present (he didn't have to be). The new date is set for October 10. Honestly, that'll be better anyway seeing as this day is already an important one for Lamar: it's his and Khloe Kardashian’s fourth wedding anniversary.
UPDATE (September 13, 2013):
Lamar has officially been charged with a DUI stemming from his August 30 arrest for driving while intoxicated, according to a TMZ update. Because he refused chemical sobriety tests, he faces only one count, since no one can determine his blood alcohol level or the presence of drugs in his bloodstream at the time of his arrest. However, as previously reported, his refusal to submit to those tests means his license will be suspended for a year. Lamar faces a possible sentence of probation with alcohol counseling, which is typical for a first-time offender. He will enter his plea at his September 27 arraignment in a Los Angeles court.
UPDATE (August 30, 2013, 2:30 pm PST):
Lamar's driver's license has been suspended for a year because he refused to take a drug test following his arrest on suspicion of DUI earlier this morning, reports Us Weekly. "We gave him plenty of opportunities to recant and submit [to a chemical test after refusing to a sobriety field test] but he refused," Public Information Officer Leland Tang told Us Weekly.
UPDATE (August 30, 2013, 10:30 am PST):
Lamar Odom has been released from custody according to TMZ. While no drugs or alcohol were found in his vehicle, police say his driving was consistent with someone under the influence of drugs or alcohol and that they smelled alcohol on him.
The tragedy that is Lamar Odom just keeps getting worse and worse every day. With a rumored drug addiction recently coming to light, we’re all worried about Khloe Kardashian’s man — and now it looks like there’s more troubling news.
According to TMZ, Lamar was arrested on suspicion of DUI early in the morning on Friday, August 30. The incident occurred in the San Fernando Valley around 4 a.m., when Lamar was pulled over on the 101 Freeway for going too slow — 50 MPH.
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Apparently Lamar didn’t respond to the cops and drove three exits before eventually coming to a stop. Law enforcement sources told the news outlet that Lamar showed signs of intoxication.
Lamar was arrested and is being held on $15,000 bail after failing numerous field sobriety tests. After booking, Lamar refused all chemical tests — which doesn’t exactly bode well for the NBA star.
We’re very worried about Lamar. While his dad recently said his son was “doing OK,” unfortunately, it doesn’t sound like that's the case.
This is just the latest development in the numerous scandals that plague the reality TV star. Here’s a roundup of the recent reports that we can only deem Lamar’s “downward spiral”:
Lamar may have cheated on Khloe with over 50 women.
We’ve heard the rumors that Lamar struggled with infidelity throughout his marriage to Khloe, however, the couple always shrugged it off. That is until rumors broke that Lamar had not only cheated on Khloe with his alleged mistresses Polina Polonsky and Jennifer Richardson, but with over 50 women. Ouch! Scandal like that is a hard thing to get away from — especially when some of these ladies have come forward with what they say are intimate details of Lamar’s guilty pleasures...
Lamar’s alleged drug use goes public.
News broke on August 25 that not only did Khloe reportedly have to suffer with a philandering husband, but one that abused drugs as well. Apparently Lamar had been waging a battle against his addiction for two years now, and numerous sources claim that Khloe and Lamar’s marriage has been strained due to an ongoing drug problem.
Lamar goes missing.
It was reported that as of Sunday, August 25, Lamar hadn’t been seen or heard from for three days. Close friends and family feared that Lamar was holed up somewhere, binging on drugs. But Lamar’s rep gave peace to his friends, family, and fans by saying that Lamar was A-OK. His rep wouldn’t, however, disclose where Lamar had been. Lamar returned home to talk with Khloe on August 27.
Khloe and Lamar may be separating.
Sigh. In the wake of Lamar’s recent arrest, there are now photos of moving vans around the couples’ Tarzana, California, mansion. This is prompting the press to believe that Lamar and Khloe, who are reportedly not getting a divorce, are taking some time apart.
We’re totally feeling it for our girl Khloe, but we’re also pretty saddened for Lamar. It’s been one hell of a week for them both, and if it’s true that he does have a problem with substance abuse, we can only wish that he gets the help he needs.
What do you think about Lamar’s troubling situation? Is it finally time to take action and get him the help he apparently needs? Hit the comments and let us know what you think!