Ex-NBA star Rodman charged with driving wrong way on California highway

Tue Nov 22, 2016 12:27pm EST
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By Alex Dobuzinskis

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Former pro basketball star Dennis Rodman has been charged with driving the wrong way on a California highway and forcing another car to swerve into a concrete dividing wall before he left the scene, prosecutors said.

The Orange County district attorney's office said it brought the hit-and-run charges against Rodman on Monday in connection with the July 20 incident in Santa Ana. The case represents the Hall of Fame player's latest brush with the law.

Rodman, a former National Basketball Association forward with the Detroit Pistons and the Chicago Bulls, drove his sport utility vehicle the wrong way on Interstate 5 in the carpool lane, prosecutors said in a statement. Prosecutors did not say whether the occupants of the other vehicle were injured.

Prosecutors charged Rodman, 55, with hit-and-run that causes property damage, driving a motor vehicle across a dividing section, giving false information to a police officer and driving without a valid license.

He faces up to two years in jail if convicted, and was ordered to appear in court on Jan. 20.

Rodman's attorney, Paul S. Meyer, said in a statement that the exit ramp the retired basketball player entered did not have adequate signage to prevent confusion.

"Mr. Rodman turned and corrected the driving error, stopped and spoke with the people in the other car. Their cars never touched," Meyer said.

The driver of a sedan driving the correct way had to swerve to avoid a head-on collision with Rodman's SUV and slammed into a concrete wall along the carpool lane, prosecutors said.   Continued...

FILE PHOTO - Former NBA basketball player Dennis Rodman speaks to the media after returning from his trip to North Korea at Beijing airport, December 23, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Lee/File Photo