Donald Trump, Jr.’s arrest record for “public intoxication” is now public

Donald Trump, Jr., the outspoken son of President Donald Trump, was arrested on February 25, 2001 in New Orleans on a charge of “public intoxication.” To my knowledge, the arrest records have never been made public. Until now.

It was 6:15am on the Sunday before Mardi Gras, and Don Jr. was on the ironically-named Hillary Street in New Orleans, Louisiana. The details of Trump’s Jr.’s arrest remain unclear, but we know that just before sunrise, Officer Louis Labat of the New Orleans Police Department arrested the president’s then-23-year-old son for public drunkenness.

The court record shows that Donald Trump, Jr. was booked that same day at 9:33am, and that he was paroled with a $300 bond at 8am the following day, February 26, 2001. It has been previously reported that Trump, Jr. spent 11 hours in jail before he was released on bond.

Trump Jr. entered a plea of not guilty (“PNG”), see court record below. And his case came to a close on July 25, 2001, with the official court documents providing a notation of “NP,” which may mean “nolle prosequi,” or “no further prosecution.” In other words, the case appears to have been dropped for some unknown reason.

Don Jr. today shared a tweet from the Trump campaign, questioning whether the Biden family, including Joe Biden’s son, ever exercised “their privilege and proximity to power” to avoid arrest.

And just two days before that, Don Jr. complained on Twitter that if the Trump family had arrests, the media would be all over it: “I imagine if this was the Trumps the media would make a big deal if it [sic].”

In fact, the Trump family has had at least one arrest, and I wasn’t even aware of it until today.

In recent years, when encountering someone who is publicly intoxicated, New Orleans police have had the option of either issuing the person a summons, or more severely — depending on the severity of the circumstances — arresting them, as happened to Donald Trump, Jr. More from NOLACriminalLaw.com back in 2014:

Public drunkenness (or public intoxication) is a violation of the New Orleans Municipal Code, Section 54-405. It is a misdemeanor charge punishable by up to five months in the Parish Prison and/or a fine of up to $500. What happens to your case depends on whether or not you are arrested, and how you plead when you appear in court.

No test for intoxication is required by the law, nor is there any objective standard by which a subject’s level of intoxication is to be measured. Rather, the law assumes that a law enforcement officer will make a subjective determination about an individual’s level of intoxication and potential to harm themselves or someone else before making a decision to cite someone for the offense. [Emphasis added]

An officer’s subjective determination that you were both (a) manifestly under the influence, and (b) a danger to yourself or the public, is difficult to dispute. Remember, there is no objective test for intoxication, so it is the officer’s word alone.

Upon being cited for the offense, a law enforcement officer has two options:

1. Arrest you for the offense, or

2. Issue you a summons to appear in court.

Trump, Jr. has since admitted that he “used to drink a lot and party pretty hard.” He says he subsequently decided to give up drinking because, “I have too much of an opportunity to make something of myself, be successful in my own right. Why blow it?”

At the time of his arrest, the President’s son was living in Aspen, Colorado, working as a bartender. While his parole form, below, provides his home address as Aspen, the officer’s affidavit, above, claims Trump Jr. provided Trump Parc East, the eponymous condominium in New York City, as his home.

As an aside, even though Donald Trump, Jr’s birthday is publicly available on Google, I chose to black it out, along with his then- home address(es), phone number, and Social Security number in the various court documents. They are included in the originals I have on file.


While Donald Trump, Jr. has offered words of contrition about his own past use of alcohol, he has an unfortunate history of continuing to mock others for alleged public drunkenness and/or having been arrested:

Donald Trump Jr. on Lindsay Lohan: “Whats the over under in weeks on the next Lindsay Lohan drug/alcohol induced hospitalization jail sentence etc…??? Just askin!?!?’

On Beto O’Rourke: ‘In his defense he’s a much better driver when he’s sober. #beto’

On John Edwards: “I think John Edwards’ mug shot captures his good side. He should put that on a campaign poster in the future. Oh yea ugh maybe not….’

On Barack Obama’s uncle: ‘Has Obama commented yet on his Uncle’s arrest for DUI last week & using his call to call the white house? Would love to hear the spin!’

A week ago, Donald Trump, Jr. was demanding, apparently without irony, that Americans “stand up for law and order” by supporting his father’s re-election. Trump Jr. claimed that Democrats “don’t want the rule of law.”

And only yesterday, Donald Trump, Jr. criticized the media for allegedly “not looking into” any of Biden’s “history.” It is unclear what Trump, Jr. was referring to, as the media has been covering Joe Biden’s very-public life for over half a century. But perhaps, Don Jr. isn’t the best messenger about the perils of history.


Follow me on Twitter: @aravosis | @americablog | @americabloggay | Facebook | Instagram | Google+ | LinkedIn. John Aravosis is the Executive Editor of AMERICAblog, which he founded in 2004. He has a joint law degree (JD) and masters in Foreign Service from Georgetown; and has worked in the US Senate, World Bank, Children's Defense Fund, the United Nations Development Programme, and as a stringer for the Economist. He is a frequent TV pundit, having appeared on the O'Reilly Factor, Hardball, World News Tonight, Nightline, AM Joy & Reliable Sources, among others. John lives in Washington, DC. .

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