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ROGER CLINTON CITED IN DWI, DISTURBING PEACE

Former President Bill Clinton's half-brother was charged Wednesday with drunken driving following his arrest over the weekend in nearby Hermosa Beach.

Roger Clinton, 44, also was charged with disturbing the peace and challenging someone to a fight in a public place.

Clinton allegedly told a nightclub doorman that he would "kick his a--" for refusing to let him back inside, according to Hermosa Beach police spokesman Paul Wolcott.

Clinton was freed on his own recognizance pending his April 2 arraignment on the three misdemeanor counts. He could face up to a year in jail and a $2,000 fine if convicted, police said.

Clinton was arrested shortly before 2:30 a.m. Saturday in Hermosa Beach, 18 miles south of Los Angeles. An officer allegedly saw his Ford Expedition hit a curb while making a right turn, stop beyond the limit at two stop signs and straddle the center dividing line.

A breath test indicated that Clinton's blood-alcohol level met or exceeded 0.08 percent, the legal limit, authorities said. Police did not release a specific figure.

Less than an hour earlier, police alleged, Clinton tried to re-enter the Lighthouse nightclub after it had closed for the night. Clinton allegedly tried to push his way past a doorman, police said.

The doorman told police that Clinton threatened him several times before patrol officers arrived and sent him on his way.

Clinton is no stranger to legal troubles. He served more than a year in prison after pleading guilty in Arkansas in 1985 to a charge of conspiracy to distribute a single gram of cocaine.

Bill Clinton, who was governor of Arkansas at the time, pardoned him as one of his last acts as president.

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