TNA was in Wichita Falls, Texas, last night (Thurs., Aug. 1, 2013) for a live episode of Impact followed by a taping for next week's show that will air on Spike TV. Following the exhausting taping, Kurt Angle hit the road and, about one hour out in the town of Decatur, he was pulled over by local police.
He was then arrested on suspicion of Driving While Intoxicated. This marks his second DWI offense, the first coming back in Sept. 2011 in Virginia. Angle was released on $2,000 bond and a court date will be scheduled to determine his punishment.
This is just the latest in a long series of miscues, as documented by myself after this last arrest two years ago:
Angle signed with TNA in 2006 and has now been arrested a total of four times since then, three involving some form of reckless driving while under the influence. That's called a pattern, folks, and his problems, which he claimed he had finally taken care of, have clearly not gone away. Here's a brief rundown of the issues he's had over the past few years:
- Was arrested in 2007 for driving under the influence and careless driving, which he was eventually acquitted of due to witnesses not being able to keep their stories straight. Police followed Angle home after reports had him leaving a bar and driving erratically. When he refused to take a sobriety test, infamously speaking openly with pills in his mouth, he was taken into custody.
- Was arrested in 2009 for harassment and drug possession when a woman, Trenesha Biggers (Rhaka Khan), who was also working for TNA, got an order of protection from him and he ignored it. This led to police arresting him for stalking when she noticed him outside a cafe she was at. When the cops pulled him over in his girlfriend's car, they found human growth hormone (HGH). Angle had a prescription for the drugs, though, as he apparently needed them just to function properly. All charges were dropped and Biggers was fired by TNA soon after.
- Just this past March Angle was arrested for drunk parking on a median. Passersby reported that a vehicle was in the median and when police came to investigate, they found Angle passed out behind the wheel and smelling of alcohol. He lied and claimed he hit an icy patch (on a dry road) before changing his story to say he was distracted by a text message. He quickly failed a field sobriety test and was taken into custody, immediately posting bail. He was later sentenced to 10 days in jail (suspended), a year of probation and a $250 fine. He also had to pay $225 in court fees and undergo a chemical dependency evaluation.
The more things change, the more they stay the same, right?