Date: 25th April 2001
Robert Downey Jnr was arrested early yesterday (24APR01) morning in the Los Angeles suburb of Culver City on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance.
Downey, 36, was picked up by Culver City police at about 12:10am (PST) while walking on the 12000 block of Washington Boulevard.
Police Lieutenant DAVE TANKENSON said, "One of our patrol officers observed him and began an investigation after seeing him in an alley. During the investigation, the officer determined that Downey was showing symptoms of being under the influence of a controlled substance."
Downey was booked on the misdemeanour drug charge, given a urine test and then released to his parole agent, Tankenson said.
The actor is still due in an Indio, California, court next Monday (30APR01) for a pretrial hearing stemming from his Thanksgiving weekend (NOV00) drug bust in Palm Springs.
If convicted, Downey could face another four years in prison. His lawyers are challenging the legality of the hotel-room search by Palm Springs police last November.
Downey was arrested after police - responding to an anonymous 911 call saying he had guns and drugs - allegedly found cocaine and Valium in his room at the Merv Griffin Resort.
His lawyers also want to suppress Downey's statement that he allowed officers to search his room, and they're also challenging the legality of his Valium-possession charge - claiming the Valium was not illegal. (PDD/WNWCAN)