Delonte West Facing Four Charges After Alleged Drunken Incident In Virginia

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October 20, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Dallas Mavericks shooting guard Delonte West (13) moves the ball down the court in the first half against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Former NBA player Delonte West once again finds himself on the wrong side of the law. West is facing four criminal charges after being arrested in Virginia by Fairfax County Police Department. The charges include vehicle trespassing, entering a vehicle, fleeing from law enforcement and being drunk in public. Reports say that police were called to a parking lot after West was accused of trespassing in someone’s car. Upon arrival and after an attempt to place West into custody, the former player allegedly became combative and resisted arrest, police say.

West is also accused of attempting to flee on foot, but didn’t get very far before the authorities say they apprehended him. West was released from jail on October 16th, according to records. West appeared to have been turning over a new chapter in his life after previously experiencing run-ins with the law. Earlier in the year, West landed a try out with the Big3, a league mostly composed of retired NBA players. Sources say West was making attempts to mount a comeback playing professional basketball.

According to TMZ, Dallas Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban, who has tried to be a resource to help West in the past, says he was informed that West was struggling recently. West was encouraged by Cuban to check into rehab in 2020. Cuban reportedly met with West’s mother and the two of them convinced the 39-year-old to get the help he needs, after constant alleged struggles with substance abuse. Unfortunately, not long after finishing the program, West was arrested again.

In 2021, West was allegedly involved in a drunken incident with police in Florida. Police say that West was banging and screaming on the glass doors of a Boynton Beach police station. West initially complied with verbal commands after being confronted and was taken into custody without incident, but was allegedly “belligerent” after being placed in the back of a police cruiser. The former player spent the night in Palm Beach County jail and faced three charges of obstruction/resisting without violence, open container, and disorderly intoxication.

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