Lamar Odom loses license after refusing to take drug test in DUI arrest... as it emerges he was involved in 'three-car collision days before bust on the same freeway'
- LA Times reporter claims he was rear-ended by Odom's white Mercedes on Saturday
- The NBA star was arrested on suspicion of DUI in the early hours of Thursday morning
- TMZ report that Lamar was visited by two drug counselors hours before his arrest
- According to the California Highway Patrol Officer he will lose his driver's license for a year
By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
PUBLISHED: 17:10 EST, 30 August 2013 | UPDATED: 23:58 EST, 30 August 2013
It has been revealed that less than a week before Lamar Odom was arrested on suspicion of DUI he was involved in a three-car collision on the exact same freeway.
The crash was not reported to authorities, however a journalist for the Los Angeles Times has claimed that his car was rear-ended by another vehicle hit by Odom's white Mercedes on Saturday.
The LA Times claims the incident took place around 6pm and the journalist named Adolfo Flores alleges that Odom became reluctant to hand his insurance details over. t is the only the type of family drama that Kris Jenner wouldn't want broadcasted on Keeping Up With The Kardashians.
Troubling times: Lamar Odom, pictured in March, was reportedly involved in a 'three-way car collision' on the same freeway less than a week before his DUI address
It is the latest twist in a worrying time for Khloe Kardashian's husband, who was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in the early hours of Friday morning.
To make matters worse, it has now been revealed that Lamar was paid a visit by two drug counselors just hours before he was charged with a DUI.
TMZ reports that the counselors - who work with the National Basketball Players Association - contacted Lamar to offer help and he accepted.
During the visit to Lamar and Khloe's house, TMZ report that he was very receptive with a source telling them 'it was very positive'.
However, after the pair left, Lamar then got into his vehicle and never came home.
The NBA star was later held at Van Nuys police station on $15,000 bail but was released from custody at 8.30am.
He was pulled over just before 4am for driving too slow at 50mph on the 101 Freeway in the San Fernando Valley.
Not again: Lamar, seen on Wednesday, was reportedly reluctant to hand over his insurance details to the driver
Trouble: Lamar Odom, seen making a stop at Taco Bell on Wednesday, was arrested for DUI in the early hours of Friday morning
Booking sheet: The NBA star is understood to have failed several sobriety tests
Odom did not immediately respond to police, passing three exits and driving erratically, TMZ reports.
He failed numerous field sobriety checks but refused all chemical tests, according to police.
eland Tang, the California Highway Patrol public information officer, told Radar Online: 'Lamar Odom was driving 50 mph on the 101 freeway. He was driving in a serpentine manner which is pretty bad. That is like when the officer does a freeway break. Across all the lanes of the freeway. I’m surprised he wasn’t rear ended.'
After 'failing' field sobriety tests, he was taken into custody and Tang said: 'He did what no one should ever do, he refused the chemical tests.
'That means that his license is revoked and Lamar could get the most powerful attorney in the world and he is still not going to have a license for a year.'
Impounded: Odom's car was brought to North Hollywood and held in the valley tow yard, pictured here on Friday
Van Nuys police station: Lamar was kept in custody for several hours before being released after posting $15,000
Brother in law: Rob Kardashian was leaving Lamar and Khloe's house on Friday morning
Returning home: An assistant was seen driving Lamar's DUI vehicle back to his house in LA later on Friday
It follows weeks of troubling allegations about drug abuse and serious marriage issues with his wife of four years.
Reports claim he has been battling an addiction to 'Oxycontin and crack cocaine' for two years.
He has also been accused of cheating with two different women while on the road as a basketball player.
Loyal wife Khloe, who was pictured looking downcast as she arrived at a LA gym on Thursday, is apparently desperate to 'save' her husband from his alleged drug problems and work through their marital woes.
Something the matter? It's virtually unheard of for Kris Jenner to keep a low profile, but it seems Lamar's troubles may be playing on the momager's mind as she was seen arriving in Burbank on Thursday
A source has said: 'She is in love and does not want a divorce.'
Both have been pictured with their wedding rings on separate outings this week.
The Keeping Up with the Kardashians star reportedly staged an intervention earlier this month, but the meeting didn't go as planned and Lamar vanished, but was later tracked down to a hotel in Los Angeles.
He returned to his L.A. home on Monday after staying away for several days.
Khloe apparently kept the details of her marital problems a secret from most members of family, and insiders say they were 'shocked' to learn of the extent of the issues. (Sources tell Radar Khloe's brother Rob, who lives with the couple, has been aware of Lamar's alleged drug problems for over a year.)
Showing the strain: Khloe Kardashian looked downcast as she arrived at the gym on Thursday
The 6-foot-10-inch forward has played for the Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers, the Miami Heat and Dallas Mavericks.
He broke into the NBA with the Clippers in 1999, playing for them for four seasons before spending the 2003-04 season with the Heat.
He had his best years during his six seasons with the Lakers, beginning in 2004-05. The team won NBA championships in 2010 and 2011 and Odom won the NBA's sixth man award in 2011.
After spending the 2012 season with the Dallas Mavericks, he returned to the Clippers last year. He became a free agent at the end of the season.
His once glittering career now appears to be in tatters.
Going through a tough time: Khloe and Lamar, pictured in May 2012, have been married since 2009
'Players are starting to return to their teams, and Lamar doesn't have a team,' an NBA insider toldPeople earlier this week. 'He's gone from making $8.5 million last year to being out of work at this point.'
'There's an old saying in the NBA: Are you more valuable than your problems? And it's just reached the point with Lamar where he is not more valuable than his problems,' the insider said
'Up until about two years ago, Lamar Odom was averaging about 15 points and eight rebounds a game and you know what? You deal with his off-court problems for that. When Lamar Odom averages four points a game, he's not worth the problems.'
However the source added that Lamar could still be in with a spot on the Los Angeles Lakers, although he would probably have to take a significant pay cut.
Fall from grace: Lamar's once hugely successful NBA career is in tatters