Rodney King pleads not guilty to DUI in Calif.

If convicted, Rodney King could face up to a year in jail because of a prior DUI

Associated Press

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Rodney King has pleaded not guilty to charges of driving under the influence stemming from his arrest in Southern California in July.

Online court records show King entered the plea Monday in Superior Court in Riverside to misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence and driving with a blood-alcohol content above the legal limit.

King's next hearing is Nov. 21. His lawyer Laura Box did not return a phone message seeking comment.

Prosecutors have said King was driving under the influence of alcohol and marijuana when he was pulled over in Moreno Valley. If convicted, he could face up to a year in jail because of a prior DUI conviction.

King, who is black, was beaten by four white officers in 1991. A year later, the officers' acquittals in the beating sparked days of rioting that killed 55 people.

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