NBA Star Jason Kidd was arrested for Driving while Intoxicated (DWI) out in the Hamptons, on Long Island, New York.
Kidd, currently with the New York Knicks, reportedly hit a telephone pole while driving.
Police said that Kidd’s 2010 Cadillac Escalade struck a telephone pole and went into the woods near the intersection of Cobb Road and Little Cobb Road in Water Mill, not far from his Hamptons house. Police responded at 1:56 a.m.
Kidd, 39, was alone in the car, according to police. He was transported to Southampton Hospital for minor injuries and released into police custody.
Kidd was arraigned and pleaded not guilty on a misdemeanor DWI charge Sunday morning in Southampton Town Justice Court and released on his own recognizance, according to his Sag Harbor attorney Eddie Burke Jr.
Please be safe. If you’ve been drinking, don’t drive.
Suffolk County, New York, Long Island’s eastern county is a hybrid criminal justice system. New York City and Nassau County handle their criminal cases at the county (boro) level. The rest of New York use the town court system, where cases are handled on a more local level. The western part of Suffolk County has a county system, with a district court, but the eastern parts–in which the Hamptons are included–use the town court system. That’s why Jason Kidd went to Southampton Town Court and not Suffolk District Court.
It’s important to have competent counsel when facing these difficult situations. Please be smart and be sure that your lawyer understands the system.