Olympic gold medalist Shaun White has been arrested in Nashville after he was accused of vandalizing his hotel room over the weekend and ended up in a local hospital.
White, 26, is charged with vandalism under $500 and public intoxication, after the incident which began when he allegedly pulled a fire alarm at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel where he was staying as a guest, causing the building's evacuation at 2 a.m. Sunday.
A hotel employee also allegedly saw White break a phone at the hotel.
Metro police said White reportedly tried to leave the hotel in a cab, but a citizen prevented the cab from leaving and told the driver he was calling police.
Police said when White overheard the conversation between the driver and the man, he allegedly kicked the man and ran away. The man reported to police he then chased White until White turned and fell backwards, striking his head against a fence.
White was treated for his injuries at Baptist Hospital and released Monday, according to a hospital representative.
According to a Nashville police affidavit, White was given the opportunity to sign a misdemeanor citation and refused.
The man White allegedly kicked declined to file assault charges, police said.
A hearing is set for Oct. 10.
On Tuesday, White posted the following statement on his Facebook page:
"I want to apologize for the unwise choices I made over the weekend and for any inconvenience it caused my family, friends, business partners, the hotel and their guests. I was celebrating a happy occasion with a ton of family and friends and got carried away. I'm truly sorry for my poor behavior."
Copyright WSMV 2012 (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Authorities are investigating a deputy-involved shooting in Goodyear late Wednesday morning. The shooting happened about 11:30 a.m. at a Circle K convenience store near Interstate 10 and Litchfield.More >
The suspect had been identified as a "person of interest" in the death of Mark Meginley, 51, whose body was found along a road in Buckeye last week, Maricopa County sheriff's deputies said. More >
Wednesday, April 23 2014 4:53 PM EDT2014-04-23 20:53:58 GMT
Five top employees have been fired from Arizona's new child welfare agency. Director Charles Flanagan said these workers were responsible for the internal process that led to more than 6,500 abuse andMore >
Director Charles Flanagan said these workers were responsible for the internal process that led to more than 6,500 abuse and neglect cases being closed without investigations.More >
Wednesday, April 23 2014 2:49 PM EDT2014-04-23 18:49:34 GMT
Lake Roosevelt rescue
A rescue operation is underway to reach a man who fell into the Saloma Cove area at Roosevelt Lake, about 80 miles east of Phoenix. The Gila County Sheriff's Office said it got a 911 call from a man whoMore >
Gila County Sheriff J. Adam Shepherd said the man, identified as Adam Jordan, suffered numerous injuries and was in and out of consciousness when he was flown to Scottsdale Osborne Hospital.More >