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Jason Kidd of the New York Knicks Charged with DUI


Jason Kidd, playing for the Dallas Mavericks, recovers a ball in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs on April 28, 2012 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.


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Jason Kidd, who signed with the New York Knicks on Thursday, has been charged with driving under the influence after crashing his Cadillac into a telephone pole in the Hamptons.

The 39-year-old point guard, was treated for minor injuries after driving his 2010 Escalade into a telephone pole in Water Mill, NY, around 2 a.m., the New York Daily News reported.

He had reportedly attended a benefit honoring filmmaker George Lucas in East Hampton earlier in the evening.

Newsday cited Southampton Police as saying Kidd, a California native who has a summer home in the Hamptons, was the vehicle's only occupant.

He was arrested after he refused to take a breath test, said Bob Clifford, spokesman for Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota.

Kidd's attorney Edward Burke Jr. of Sag Harbor, told Newsday: "I entered a not-guilty plea and await further court proceedings. That's all I am indicating to press at this time."

After being released from Southampton Hospital, where he was treated for minor injuries, Kidd was arraigned on the misdemeanor DUI charge and released.

An 18-year veteran of the NBA, he signed a three-year, $9.5 million deal with the Knicks this past week, leaving the Dallas Mavericks.

The Associated Press wrote that Kidd, whose children lived in New York City area, has been in trouble with the law before — in Phoenix in 2001, when he was arrested on a domestic violence charge.

He admitted striking his former wife.

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