Moment a drunk Wayne Rooney triggers an airport alarm by stumbling through a secure door he thought was a lift, just moments before he was arrested while ‘slurring’ his words and thrown in a cell

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Video obtained exclusively by shows the moment a drunk Wayne Rooney walked through a secure door he thought was a lift at a Washington Airport before he was arrested.

The former England international is seen with a baseball cap on and his head down peering down a corridor at Washington Dulles International Airport after opening the door and risking a security scare.

The 33-year-old triggered the alarm in the restricted area of the terminal on December 16 after a flight from Saudi Arabia during which he had mixed cocktails and prescribed sleeping pills, according to police.

After trying to get through the door and finding out he was going the wrong way, he started leaning on a rail.

Cops later found him, handcuffed him when he started swearing at them, led him to a cell and locked him up for four hours so he could sober up.

Officers said he had slurred speech, was talking in ‘broken English’ and couldn’t remember his own phone number when they spoke to him.

There is large red sign that says ‘STOP’ clearly visible below the window. He was arrested and charged with public intoxication.

He was later fined $24, and ordered to pay $91 court costs. At the time he was earning $395,000 a week with MLS team DC United. obtained the video through a Freedom of Information request to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.

The video is only 10 seconds long, and you can’t see Rooney’s face, but he has on the backpack and cap cops said he was wearing.

It was submitted as part of the police investigation as evidence.

The police report by the officer who arrived at the scene said: ‘On December 16, 2018, at 0915 hours, I was dispatched to Gate A16 for the report on a person going through a secure door.

‘When I arrived I observed an individual leaning on the railing with a black backpack on the floor at his side.

‘I approached the individual and asked what happened, and in his broken English, he stated he went through the door at the bottom of the stairs because he thought it was a lift.

‘The subject provided a United Kingdom passport and the individual was identified as Wayne Mark Rooney.’

In a statement at the time a spokesman said Mr Rooney became ‘disoriented’ after taking sleeping pills.

‘Wayne Rooney was arrested and detained at Dulles airport following a long flight from Saudi Arabia after a one-day promotional business trip,’ the spokesman said.

‘During the flight Wayne took a prescribed amount of sleeping tablets mixed with some alcohol consumption and consequently was disorientated on arrival.

‘He was approached by police who arrested him on a minor misdemeanor charge.

‘He received a statutory automatic fine and was released shortly afterwards at the airport. The matter is now at an end.

‘Wayne would like to put on record his appreciation for the manner he was treated by all involved.’

In the week before the incident, Rooney visited the White House and met Barron Trump, President Trump’s youngest son.

He posed for pictures with members of the 13-year-old’s soccer team and league.

Rooney is believed to be one of his favorite players.

After his arrest Rooney flew back to the UK to spend time with his wife Coleen and their four sons.

A police source said: ‘He was very rude when he was asked why he had tried to go through a door which is only to be used by security personnel.

‘He had clearly taken liquor and was not in a fit state to be released. He was by himself and police felt as he was swearing and drunk, he needed to be taken in until he sobered up.’

Rooney had already been warned after a previous run in with police in the UK which led to a drink-drive conviction in September 2017.

He had been closely studied by US immigration officials before he was granted a work visa.

Strict US visa regulations mean foreigners with criminal convictions can be refused entry to the county and denied a visa. has reached out to Rooney’s representatives for comment.

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