In case you've been wondering whatever happened to John McAfee, the cybersecurity pioneer with a checkered past including allegations of murder, he has been living in the small town of Lexington, Tennessee. He's also been running a cybersecurity firm called Future Tense Central.
And he just got in trouble with the law. Again.
Last Sunday McAfee was arrested by the Tennessee Highway Patrol for DUI and possession of a handgun while under the influence.
"I was impaired, I must admit," McAfee told CNBC.
Here's the story according to him.
"I had just that morning received a prescription for Xanax from a doctor. ... I'd never taken them before." McAfee said he was driving when his phone fell between his seat and the console of the car, and as he was digging to retrieve it, his driving became erratic. A highway patrol officer pulled him over. "The arresting officer decided that I needed a blood test, which I agreed to." McAfee also admits he had a weapon in the car. "I always carry a weapon, and if you are not impaired in the state of Tennessee it is not illegal to have weapons in the car. So we'll just have to wait and see what the judge says about that." One report claims alcohol was involved, but McAfee said that is not the case, and he is confident the blood test results will prove that.
Earlier reports claimed McAfee said there was a shootout with police, but he told CNBC that was his joking reply to questions from a British newspaper. He said that when the reporter for a tabloid asked about "the shootout," he "foolishly" replied, "As soon as I heard gunfire, I assumed my ex-wife had caught up with me, and naturally returned fire." In truth? "There was no shootout." (McAfee also joked to this reporter that he was innocent of all charges, and a "time stamped" sex tape of him and his wife would exonerate him.)