The Latest | Southern California breaking news and trends
US & World

Shaun White arrested in Nashville for vandalism and public intoxication

Shaun White booking photo after the extreme athlete was allegedly involved in some extreme drinking that led to vandalism charges.
Shaun White booking photo after the extreme athlete was allegedly involved in some extreme drinking that led to vandalism charges.
Metro Nashville Police Dept.

Skateboarding may not be a crime, but pulling a fire alarm in the middle of the night is. 

The two-time Olympic gold medalist Shaun White hit a low yesterday when he allegedly went on a drunken rampage at the swanky Loews hotel in Nashville, Tennessee.

According to a statement by the Metro Nashville police department, "officers responded to the hotel at 2 a.m. Sunday regarding an intoxicated man, reportedly White, who allegedly pulled a fire alarm at the hotel which caused the evacuation of all guests.  An employee also said that he saw White destroy a hotel phone."

Police say the flamboyant White, a San Diego-native known as "The Flying Tomato", allegedly tried to escape, not by skateboard (from which he has won several X-Games medals) but via taxi. Unfortunately for him, a concerned citizen blocked the cab and told the driver he was calling the cops.

"When White overheard their conversation," the statement continued, "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, 26, was taken to a local hospital and was released on his own recognizance. In the booking photo White's familiar long red hair is pulled back out of his face and he appears to have a black eye.

Nashville police said the popular extreme athlete "appeared to be extremely intoxicated and smelled strongly of alcohol", according to the statement. "Arrest warrants charging White with vandalism and public intoxication were issued Sunday morning after he refused to sign misdemeanor citations."

White has nearly 1 million Twitter followers and over 2.3 million people on Facebook have "liked" his page. Not all of  his followers liked the news of his alleged escapades.

"I know you are famous and probably a Great Guy - but try to behave while you are in our Great City of Nashville, Tennessee. Trashing Hotel rooms is NOT okay. We welcome you here always but hey BE NICE!!! Otherwise, I hope you didn't hurt yourself when you fell. LUV and PEACE!" wrote Jeanie Lynn Jones Dixon on White's wall.

"So many people, even the young, have looked up to you as a hero because of what you do and what you stood for as a snowboarder, but for this to happen...I think some people have lost their respect for you due to your foolish actions you committed last night," Thomas Stickney wrote.

There were a few messages of support. 

"I didn't know you had so many perfect fans! How nice for them to have never made a mistake," Amanda Jones Martin wrote.