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On the eve of what was supposed to be Ken Ryker%E2%80%99s %E2%80%9Ccomeback tour%E2%80%9D of gay bars across the country, the troubled yet well hung former gay porn star is behind bars in a South Dakota jail. Ryker had promised fans that he would be hitting the gym and the tanning salon in the build up to his Cocktails With The Stars appearance on May 5th (this coming Thursday), but he decided to hit the bottle and drive his car off the side of a road instead. Whoops: [Ryker], 38, was traveling on U.S. Highway 16, about 10 miles west of Custer, when his Hyundai Santa Fe left the road about 10:30 p.m., according to South Dakota Highway Patrol Trooper Shann Barrick. The vehicle struck the rock wall on the right side of the road, rolled and then traveled down the hill on the left side of the road about 50 feet, Barrick said. Alcohol was a factor in the accident, and [Ryker] was cited for driving under the influence, Barrick said. [Ryker] was taken to Custer Regional Hospital with minor injuries, Barrick said. That was back on April 10th, and this morning I spoke with Ryker%E2%80%99s manager, David Forest. Forest confirmed both the report and the speculation that Ryker would not be able to make this week%E2%80%99s Cocktails. If one DUI and some cuts and bruises doesn%E2%80%99t sound like a good enough excuse to cancel an appearance, that%E2%80%99s because this isn%E2%80%99t Ryker%E2%80%99s first DUI. It%E2%80%99s his third. This year. According to Forest, Ryker is being held without bail, and will (hopefully) be sentenced to inpatient rehab for about six months, as opposed to prison. Forest: Ryker will go to court next on May 17. He expects that he%E2%80%99ll be sent directly to an alcohol treatment program. After a few months, he%E2%80%99ll be able to leave each day for work. He should be out before Thanksgiving. He%E2%80%99s only going to miss the Micky%E2%80%99s appearance AND one in Detroit on May 13th. There were also some %E2%80%9Cprivate meetings%E2%80%9D that we%E2%80%99ll have to try and re-schedule later this year. I think this is a %E2%80%9Cwake-up alarm%E2%80%9D for Ken. The Sword sincerely wishes Ken Ryker well, both in the treatment of his substance abuse and the rescheduling of his escorting clients.

Hal Rockland
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