Olympic medalist Shaun White faces charges in Nashville - WKRN News 2

Olympic medalist Shaun White faces charges in Nashville

Posted: Updated: Sep 17, 2012 09:25 PM
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Olympic gold medalist Shaun White is facing charges of vandalism and public intoxication following a drunken incident at a Nashville hotel.

Metro police said officers responded to the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel on West End Avenue around 2 a.m. Sunday to find White, 26, intoxicated.

He was staying at the hotel following a friend's wedding and allegedly pulled a fire alarm, causing the evacuation of all guests.  An employee also said that he saw White destroy a hotel phone.

White reportedly attempted to flee the hotel in a cab but a citizen prevented the cab from leaving, telling the driver he was calling police.

When White overheard their conversation, he allegedly kicked the citizen and fled on foot.

The citizen reported that he chased White until White turned and ran into him, apparently causing White to fall backwards and strike his head against a fence.

White was transported to a local hospital where he was treated and released.

Police said the citizen declined to prosecute White for assault.

Arrest warrants charging White with vandalism and public intoxication were issued Sunday morning after he refused to sign misdemeanor citations.

An October 10 court date has been set.

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