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Posted at 08:53 AM ET, 09/18/2012

Shaun White arrested for vandalism, public intoxication


(AP)
Shaun White, the Olympic and X Games snowboarding star known as the Flying Tomato, was arrested and charged with public intoxication and vandalism after an incident at a Nashville hotel.

At 2 a.m. Sunday, police were called to the Lowes Vanderbilt Hotel when a guest identified as White allegedly pulled a fire alarm, forcing the evacuation of the hotel, and destroyed a hotel phone.

When he tried to leave in a taxi, a hotel guest told the driver that police were en route and White allegedly kicked the guest and ran. The guest gave chase and, when White turned around, the two collided. White fell and struck his head on a fence. White appeared intoxicated and refused to sign misdemeanor citations, Nashville police said.

Related: White apologizes

“He basically put himself in jail by not signing that,” a police source told ESPN.com.

White, 26 was treated at a hospital before being arrested and booked; his booking photo shows him with a black eye. He was released by police late Monday afternoon and has an Oct. 10 court date. The guest who gave chase declined to press charges.

White, who won gold in the Turin and Vancouver Olympics, has successful video-game and clothing lines and earned $9 million from endorsements in 2008 alone. He most recently was in the news for dating model Bar Refaeli.

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