The Real Housewives of Orange County alum Lauri Peterson’s troubled son is facing legal consequences once again.
Peterson, who appeared on RHOC for the first four seasons and mentioned her son Joshua Waring’s drug problems on the show, ended up leaving the cast in 2008 so she could focus more of her time on helping him. Now, however, he’s facing serious charges, including attempted murder.
HuffPo reports that Waring was arrested after he allegedly shot a man in the lower torso in Costa Mesa, California, and then led police on a high-speed chase. He fled in a stolen BMW SUV, and when police caught up with the vehicle, he attempted to run on foot. Police were able to catch Waring, and he was arrested and charged with attempted murder, vehicle theft, felony evading police, hit-and-run and assault and battery. The site reports that his bail was set at $1 million.
CBS reports that the shooting occurred at a sober living house around 2:30 a.m. Neighbors told media that the house is regularly a problem for the neighborhood.
“They’re fighting all the time, every single day,” neighbor Kite Huynh told reporters. “I think the city needs to shut this down.”
Peterson has been out of the public eye since she left RHOC, but announced last year that she was legally adopting Waring’s daughter to give her a more stable home amid his struggles with substance abuse.
“As most of the viewers know, I have a son and he’s had just a lot of challenges,” she explained on Bravo’s The Daily Dish. “And he and his wife had a baby almost three years ago. He’s really struggling and, well, they’re both really struggling. And so [my husband] George and I elected to help out and we actually adopted Kennedy, and so we’re raising her. It’s been such a great experience because this is helping them out and hopefully they can get their lives together and be OK.”