BUCHAREST, Romania — Romanian police have arrested former tennis player Ilie Nastase twice in the same day, first on suspicion of driving while drunk and refusing to take a breathalyzer test, and then for riding a scooter without a license.
Police initially stopped the 71-year-old Nastase early Friday while he was driving his car and said he was visibly drunk. He refused to take a breathalyzer and was detained, then later released as police opened an investigation.
Police stopped him again six hours later after he allegedly went through a red light on a scooter. His driving license had been suspended after the first incident.
Nastase, once the world's No. 1-ranked player, admitted that he had drunk beer but claimed police had manhandled him and thrown him to the ground during his first arrest.
The second time he was apprehended, he was filmed mocking police officers and accusing them of acting like the communist-era militia.