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Jason Kidd Was Arrested And Charged With Drunk Driving Over The Weekend

Submitted by on July 16, 2012 – 10:23 amNo Comment

Joining the ranks of Paris Hilton, Nicole Richie, Mel Gibson, Mike Tyson, Michelle Rodriguez, and Lindsay Lohan, Jason Kidd is the latest celebrity to be arrested for drunk driving.

The newly-signed point guard for the New York Knickerbockers (Kidd just inked a three-year contract worth $9.5 million dollars last week) was arrested for DWI in Southampton, N.Y. early Sunday morning after hitting a a utility poll with his 2010 Cadillac Escalade at 1:56 AM. He was arraigned on a misdemeanor DWI charge and later released into his own custody.

According to a statement made by Kidd’s attorney Edward Burke Jr. of Sag Harbor, “I entered a not-guilty plea and await further court proceedings. That’s all I am indicating to press at this time.”

According to multiple witnesses, the 39-year-old NBA player was in attendance at a benefit honoring film director George Lucas hours before the accident. TMZ is also reporting that just one hour before the accident, Kidd was escorted out of a nightclub after being deemed “incredibly drunk so much so that at one point he tried to hang from a club light and broke it. After being carried out by a few friends, Kidd got in his car to drive off… despite protests from his friends. Kidd left the club around 1:00 AM” The NBA has not commented on the accident except to say that they will “monitor the situation.”

This isn’t the first time Kidd has found himself in trouble. In 2001, he was charged with misdemeanor assault after striking his former wife Joumana (check out the mugshot from that incident below). Following the arrest, Kidd pled guilty, entered anger management, and made this statement: “I love my family. This is a situation that is embarrassing to me, my family, my friends, and also the Phoenix Suns. I apologize for that and at this time that is pretty much all I can say.”

We anticipate a similar statement in the days to come.

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