Thomas Markle Jr. was arrested on January 11 for drunk driving, according to TMZ.
Reportedly, the 52-year-old half-brother of Meghan Markle was stopped by Oregon State Police at 1:33 a.m. and brought in for impaired driving. Officers on the scene performed a field sobriety test, and it was reportedly “obvious” that he was under the influence. Sources say he blew “well over the legal limit” on a breathalyzer test. Thomas Jr.’s car was impounded, and he was taken by officers to a nearby sobering center in Grants Pass, Oregon.
Speaking to TMZ, Thomas Sr. said that his son “has a serious problem and he needs help” and that he “hope[s] he gets it.” Samantha, Thomas Jr.’s sister and Meghan’s estranged half-sister, clarified that her brother’s drinking problem has been ongoing for some time.
“His drinking is not related to Meghan. He always drank,” Samantha said.
This isn’t the first time Thomas Jr. has run into troubles with the law. In January 2017, he was taken into custody after holding a gun to the head of Darlene Blount (his then-girlfriend and now-fiancée) while they were drunkenly fighting. Darlene herself was later arrested for assault after an incident with Thomas Jr. in July 2018.
News of Thomas Jr.’s drunk driving arrest comes only days after he spoke out about his intention to invite the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to his and Darlene’s wedding. According to Thomas Jr., he believed doing so could heal the rift in their estranged family.
“Absolutely I think our wedding will bring the family closer together,” Thomas Jr. told the Daily Mail. “It’s hopeful that if Meghan and Harry came and my father — Meghan and Harry could spend some time together with him and that would be good.”
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