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Wayne Rooney blames arrest for being drunk and swearing in public on sleeping tablet disorientation

Wayne Rooney after he was booked into the Loudoun County Adult Detention Centre. Credit: Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office

Former England captain Wayne Rooney has blamed his arrest in the US on a charge of public swearing and drunkenness on prescribed sleeping tablets which left him "disorientated" after he took them a flight home from Saudi Arabia after drinking.

An arrest sheet filed by Viginia's Loudoun General District Court, which has been shared widely online, confirmed his name, address and offence.

The former England captain's misdemeanor is listed as 'public swearing/intoxication'. Credit: Loudoun General District Court

It states Rooney, who plays for MLS side DC United, was held on December 16 for the public swearing/intoxication misdemeanour before being released without bail.

The document shows the 33-year-old striker paid a £19.65 fine and £71.50 costs on January 4.

The document confirms Wayne Rooney was fined $25.00. Credit: Loudoun General District Court

A spokesman for Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office said: “He was booked into the Loudoun County Adult Detention Centre on December 16 2018, on a charge of public intoxication stemming from an arrest by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police.

“He was later released on a personal recognisance bond.”

A spokesperson for Rooney said the star's arrest came when he was left "disorientated" by prescribed sleeping tablets he took on a flight while drinking.

"Wayne Rooney was arrested and detained at Dulles airport following a long flight from Saudi Arabia after a one-day promotional business trip," the spokesperson said.

"During the flight Wayne took a prescribed amount of sleeping tablets mixed with some alcohol consumption and consequently was disorientated on arrival.

"He was approached by police who arrested him on a minor misdemeanour charge.

"He received a statutory automatic fine and was released shortly afterwards at the airport.

"The matter is now at an end.

"Wayne would like to put on record his appreciation for the manner he was treated by all involved.

"No further comment will be made."

Wayne Rooney was arrested a month after he returned to captain England in a special friendly in November. Credit: PA

The former Manchester United and Everton star joined DC United on a three-and-a-half year deal last summer.

He appears to have been detained at Washington’s Dulles airport, which is near the club’s stadium.

Rooney was arrested a month after he returned to captain England in a special friendly in November.

He was previously arrested in 2017 for drink driving.

Rooney was caught by Cheshire police driving a female friend’s Volkswagen Beetle while three times the legal alcohol limit and was given a two-year driving ban and community service.