Source: Grand Forks Herald
Former TNA World Heavyweight Champion Kurt Angle was charged with “being behind the wheel of a vehicle while intoxicated” the other night. According to a report out of the Grand Forks Herald, Angle was found behind the wheel of his car on the median of a road. After offering a few different excuses, Angle was brought in as reported below.
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An Olympic gold medalist who’s now a pro wrestler was arrested early this morning after he was reportedly found drunk, sitting behind the wheel of a vehicle near Thompson, N.D., according to North Dakota Highway Patrol Capt. Kevin Robson.
Kurt Angle, 42, is slated to perform tonight in the main event of the Total Nonstop Action Wrestling show at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks.
About 12:15 a.m., a passer-by on Interstate 29 reported to authorities that a vehicle was in the median a couple miles south of the Thompson exit.
Robson said a trooper found Angle behind the wheel of a red Dodge Durango and smelled alcohol coming from the vehicle.
Robson said Angle initially claimed he had hit an icy patch. But, Robson said, the road was dry. Angle later said he had received a text message that distracted him and caused him to go into the median, the captain said.
Robson said Angle failed a field sobriety test. “He was very cooperative. He was a gentleman the entire time, a very nice guy,” Robson said.
Angle, who gave authorities a Pennsylvania driver’s license, was arrested and taken to the Grand Forks County jail where he took a breath test, Robson said. Angle promptly posted $300 in cash to be released from the jail, a correctional officer said.
Angle faces a charge of actual physical control, which means he’s not accused of drunken driving but of being behind the wheel of a vehicle while intoxicated.
A message left for TNA publicist Chris Thomas was not immediately returned this evening.
Angle won a gold medal wrestling for the U.S. at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.