Dennis Rodman Pleads Guilty to Driving Drunk in Newport Beach - NBC Southern California

Dennis Rodman Pleads Guilty to Driving Drunk in Newport Beach

He was placed on three years of probation after pleading guilty to two misdemeanor counts of drunken driving.



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    FILE - This Jan. 26, 2016 file photo shows former NBA basketball player Dennis Rodman at an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles. Rodman has been sentenced to three years informal probation and 30 hours of community service for a wrong-way-related crash on a Southern California freeway. The Orange County District Attorney's office says Rodman pleaded guilty Monday, Feb. 6, 2017 to misdemeanor counts of driving across a dividing section, giving false information to a police officer and driving without a valid license, and must also pay restitution. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok,File, File)

    Basketball Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman pleaded guilty Monday to driving drunk in Newport Beach and was placed on three years of probation.

    Prosecutors alleged his blood-alcohol level was .21, nearly three times the legal limit of .08. Rodman pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts of drunken driving.

    Rodman, 56, who sometimes resides in the Newport Beach area, was also ordered to undergo a nine-month first-offender alcohol program.

    "The court made the right call," said Rodman's attorney, Paul S. Meyer. "In issuing the sentence, the court recognized Dennis' intensive inpatient rehabilitation and his commitment to treatment. Dennis has accepted responsibility for his sobriety and has made great progress."

    Rodman Arrested For DUI: Police

    [CHI] Rodman Arrested For DUI: Police

    Former Bulls star Dennis Rodman could be facing jail time, after being arrested for DUI in Southern California, over the weekend. The Newport Beach Police Department says Rodman was pulled over late Saturday for a traffic violation. Police say he failed field sobriety and breathalyzer tests. Rodman was also on probation, making jail time a possibility. His agent says he plans to check into rehab, this week.

    (Published Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018)

    Rodman was arrested Jan. 13, just days after he provided proof of his completion of community service to resolve a hit-and-run accident he caused in July of 2016.

    He was arrested for DUI after initially being stopped at 11:11 p.m. in the 4500 block of West Coast Highway for a vehicle violation, said Lt. Rachel Johnson of the Newport Beach Police Department. She said the five-time NBA champion was cooperative with the officers.

    After Rodman's arrest, Meyer said that his client had enrolled in a residential program and had committed to "long-term outpatient treatment."

    In his prior case, Rodman completed 30 hours of community service, which was part of a plea deal he struck with Orange County prosecutors in February of last year.

    Rodman was trying to enter the Santa Ana (5) Freeway in Santa Ana when his Land Rover collided with another car on an exit ramp near Main Street about 12:30 a.m. on July 20, 2016.

    Rodman admitted making a false statement to police about his whereabouts at the time of the wrong-way collision. Rodman's community service included visits to nursing homes and interacting with a National Junior Basketball chapter in Huntington Beach.

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