Ex-NBA star Rodman gets three years probation on driving charges

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

Former pro basketball star Dennis Rodman pleaded guilty and was sentenced to three years’ informal probation on Monday on charges that he drove the wrong way on a California highway, forcing another car to swerve into a concrete dividing wall.

Rodman was also sentenced to 30 hours of community service and ordered to donate $500 to a victim witness emergency fund, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office said.

Rodman’s attorney, Paul Meyer, said in an emailed statement: “We appreciate the careful review of the district attorney to make the right call.” Meyer said the incident was caused by “poor sign placement” on the roadway.

Prosecutors initially 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.

Rodman, a National Basketball Association forward with teams including the Detroit Pistons and Chicago Bulls, drove his sport utility vehicle the wrong way on Interstate 5 in Santa Ana early on July 20, prosecutors said.

The driver of a sedan going the correct way swerved to avoid a head-on collision with Rodman’s SUV and…


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