There’s never a good time to be arrested for driving under the influence, but there are certainly times when the consequences are worse than others.
Such is the case for former NBA star Dennis Rodman, who was arrested over the weekend for DUI. Because he was already on probation for a previous motor vehicle incident, Rodman is now facing a very real possibility of jail time.
According to the Newport Beach Police Department, Rodman was stopped near 4500 West Coast Highway on Saturday night because of unspecified vehicle code violations. A subsequent investigation led to his arrest for DUI.
Newport Beach Police spokeswoman Lt. Rachel Johnson said Rodman was cooperative and agreed to take a breathalyzer test on the scene. He failed a field sobriety test and blew more than the .08 legal limit on the breath test.
Rodman was arrested, booked at Newport Beach Jail and released about seven hours later.
As TMZ reports, Rodman was on probation stemming from a plea deal he reached over a July 2016 incident in which he was going the wrong way on an Orange County, California freeway, struck a car and allegedly fled the scene. Even though witnesses claim they saw Rodman drinking at a bar before the wrong-way crash, he was not charged with DUI for that incident.
As part of his plea deal, Rodman was placed on three years probation with the condition he stay out of trouble.
TMZ says in the wake of his latest arrest, Rodman’s probation could be revoked and he could be sent to prison for the full two years he would have served for his role in the wrong-way crash, in addition to any additional time added on for Saturday’s incident.
A court date for Rodman, 56, has not yet been announced.
Rodman was also arrested for DUI in 1999 and 2003.
“Dennis is taking this seriously, and will take positive steps to address his personal issues,” Rodman’s attorney, Paul S. Meyer, told USA Today in a statement. “He appreciates the professionalism of the Newport Beach Police Department.”
Rodman’s agent said the former NBA star has had a running battle with substance abuse.
“It’s no secret Dennis has been struggling on and off with alcoholism the past 17 years,” Darren Prince, told USA Today in a statement. “He’s been dealing with some very personal issues the past month and we’re going to get him the help he needs now.”
Prince said Rodman’s problems often start when he abuses alcohol.
“I’ve been his agent for 20 plus years and we’re more like brothers,” Prince added. “He’s an amazing guy sober and deserves to find that happy place in his life with all he did to make his millions of fans happy during his NBA career. This is his chance to rebound in life so we ask for prayers and support from everyone.”
Rodman played 14 seasons in the NBA. He won five championships, two with the Detroit Pistons and three with the Chicago Bulls, and was enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2011.
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