A spokesman for the California Highway Patrol (CHP) told TVGuide.com that Rainey, who starred in the San Francisco season of MTVs pioneering reality show "The Real World," was arrested for driving under the influence and causing an accident the San Francisco Chronicle described as "near-fatal."
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Rainey's son managed to free himself and flag down help. The boy suffered injuries to the liver, but was soon released from the hospital. His father remains under professional supervision due to broken bones in his neck, both feet and his right hand.
"He was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence, however he remains in the hospital due to his medical condition," said CHP representative Brian Pennings. "He will be facing charges of DUI, child endangerment and driving without a license."