Bam Margera has officially been charged with two counts of driving while under the influence (DUI).
The LA City Attorney’s Office charged the Jackass star with one count of driving under the influence and one count of driving with a .08 or higher.
If convicted, Bam could face up to six months in jail as well as a $1,000 fine, though that’s unlikely, report TMZ.
Just over a week ago, Bam drove past CHP officers who were in the middle of stopping someone else and when they spoke with him, they noticed the strong smell of alcohol on his breath.
Police officers then asked the pro-skateboarder to pull over before booking him with DUI.
His bail was set at $15k and he was later released after he paid it himself.
It’s surprising to see Bam drink-driving considering his best friend Ryan Dunn was killed while doing so in 2011.
This is Bam’s first DUI but he’s battled alcohol abuse for many years – he and his wife had a son in December and at the time, he spoke out about embracing sobriety.
Recently the 38-year-old skateboarder spoke out about the disturbing story of when he was raped:
It was also recently reported, he’s heading to rehab after a recent relapse and DUI arrest.
The CKY star is going to do a ‘couple of gigs’ in LA before checking into a ‘California rehab facility’ on Friday (January 12).
Bam’s mum, April, told TMZ he’ll fulfil commitments he made to shoot a TV show on Wednesday and Thursday.
According to E! April said:
He feels a lot better. He had a bad night. He’s embarrassed by it. He’s mad at himself for being stupid.
Now he just wants to pick up the pieces and move forward for himself and for his family.
April said she and her husband Phil researched rehab centres to help their son pick the right one and his wife, Nicole, is also helping and supporting him.
Prior to the incident, he’d been away from the limelight for some time and admitted to battling alcoholism and drug abuse following the untimely death of his best friend Ryan Dunn in 2011.
While already supposedly a big drinker and drug-taker, Bam fell into a downward spiral behind closed doors.
For five years he remained focused on getting back to health, however, since getting clean, the pro-skater was back doing what he loves the most – besides performing ridiculous stunts – skateboarding.
We hope Bam gets the help he needs.
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