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CHP Says Dennis Rodman Should Be Charged For Hit-And-Run

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Dennis Rodman in a suit that's possibly from the late 60s. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
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Kim Jong-un's favorite power forward may be in hot water.

The California Highway Patrol is recommending that the Orange County District Attorney's Office charge Dennis Rodman with felony hit-and-run, reports the L.A. Times.

The charges center around an incident that happened around 12:30 a.m. on July 20. A motorist in a BMW was heading southbound in the carpool lane on the 5 Freeway in Santa Ana when another vehicle—a white Range Rover—was seen coming the opposite way. The driver of the BMW swerved out of the way to avoid a collision with the Range Rover, but, in doing so, hit the freeway's concrete center divider.

Officer Florentino Olivera of the CHP told LAist that, after the crash, the driver of the Range Rover turned around and drove up to the motorist who had hit the center divider. The two parties spoke for a brief while before the driver of the Range Rover drove away. No information was exchanged. The driver of the BMW identified the other party as being none other than Rodman.

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Olivera said that, based on the driver's description of Rodman, the CHP contacted Rodman's attorneys and have now decided to recommend a hit-and-run charge for the former NBA star. Susan Kang-Schroeder, chief of staff at the Orange County District Attorney's Office, told the Times that the case is under review and that no charges have been filed yet.

As we'd reported a couple weeks ago, a witness said that Rodman was singing karaoke at a bar shortly before the crash. And in fact there is video of Rodman at Santa Ana's Velvet Lounge. We asked Olivera if there was any reason to suspect that Rodman had been driving under the influence. He said that, "There's no way of telling if he was or was not [intoxicated]. By the time we contacted Rodman's attorney, it was days after the incident."