SANTA ANA, California — Former NBA wild man Dennis Rodman has been charged in a bizarre road accident in which he allegedly drove the wrong way down a California expressway, causing another car to crash and then fleeing the scene.
Rodman, 55, a rebounding machine nicknamed the “Worm,” who won several championships with Michael Jordan’s Bulls and was elected to the NBA Hall of Fame in 2011, could face up to two years in prison if convicted, prosecutors said/
Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas said Rodman was driving the wrong way on Interstate 5 in Santa Ana on July 20, forcing another driver to crash his sedan into a concrete divider to avoid slamming into Rodman’s SUV.
Rodman stopped briefly, but is charged with failing to exchange information with the other driver and then leaving the scene before the California Highway Patrol arrived. He is also accused of later giving false accounts of the incident to investigators.
The hoops legend’s attorney said the accident occurred on a poorly marked exit-ramp.
“Mr. Rodman turned and corrected the driving error, stopped and spoke with the people in the other car,” Paul S. Meyer said in a statement. “Their cars never touched. We look forward to a discussion of all of the facts.”
Rodman faces charges of hit and run with property damage, driving a motor vehicle across a dividing section, giving false information to a police officer, and driving a motor vehicle without a valid license. He is scheduled to be arraigned on Jan. 20, 2017.