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Jul 18, 2012 10:48 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

NBA Star Jason Kidd' DWI Crash Caused Minor Power Outage

Jul 19, 2012 12:32 PM

NBA star Jason Kidd, who recently signed with the New York Knicks, was arrested over the weekend in Water Mill and charged with drunken driving after Southampton Town Police said he smashed his SUV into a utility pole in Water Mill, shearing it in half and temporarily knocking out power to neighbors.

The high-profile basketball player was taken to Southampton Hospital for the treatment of minor injuries before being released and taken to police headquarters in Hampton Bays, where he was detained overnight, police said. He was the sole occupant of his gray 2010 Cadillac Escalade at the time of the crash on Sunday morning.

The 39-year-old Dallas resident, who has a home in Water Mill, was driving southwest near the intersection of Cobb and Little Cobb roads at 1:56 a.m., when he totaled his car, police said.

Mr. Kidd’s DWI arrest has attracted national attention because of his stature as a professional athlete, and it has turned even more media attention onto the Southampton Town Police Department, which is still investigating the fatal hit-and-run of a Roman Catholic nun in the same hamlet a week earlier. TV cameramen and newspaper reporters have almost become a fixture at the department’s headquarters in Hampton Bays.

Police Officer Melissa Elliston responded to a 911 call from a passerby and said she found Mr. Kidd in the driver’s seat of the SUV, and that he told her he was the driver. He “smelled heavily of an alcoholic beverage,” was very unsteady on his feet, and had bloodshot, watery eyes, the arrest report stated. The report also stated that Mr. Kidd did not know what happened to cause the accident.

Mr. Kidd was arrested at 2:42 a.m. on Sunday morning at the crash scene and charged with a misdemeanor count of DWI, as well as refusing to take a breath screening test, a violation. He also refused a chemical test at the hospital, police said.

He was released on his own recognizance following an arraignment at Southampton Town Justice Court later that morning and is due back in court on September 12 at 9 a.m.

His attorney, Edward Burke Jr., said little other than that he and his client had entered a not guilty plea. He declined to comment on published reports that his client had been partying at an area nightclub that evening. He referred further comment to Mr. Kidd’s spokesman, Scott Miranda. A call placed to Mr. Miranda’s Manhattan office was not immediately returned Wednesday morning.

Mr. Kidd, a point guard who has played for 18 years in the NBA, is a 10-time All-Star who won a championship in 2011 with the Dallas Mavericks. He signed with the Knicks on July 5. He also has won two gold medals with the U.S. Olympic basketball team.

His crash is the second DWI arrest resulting from a crash at the Cobb and Little Cobb roads intersection this summer. A Southampton man was charged with DWI at the same spot on July 2, after he struck a tree while talking on a cellphone and rolled over his SUV, police said. He, too, was taken to Southampton Hospital for the treatment of minor injuries.

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I just have no respect for drunk drivers ever so he just got knocked down a few pegs in my book and I find him a lot less appealing thats for sure. Nice role model buddy way to let the kids look up to you !
By Crankypants (34), SOUTHAMPTON on Jul 15, 12 1:44 PM
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Jason kidd is no role model. He is a wife beater (pled guilty in 01) and just an all around bad guy who can dribble a basketball.

By C Law (354), Water Mill on Jul 16, 12 5:01 AM
I swear I saw Jason at a local store but coudn't positively say it was him.
By PrivateerMatt (390), Weesuck Creek , EQ on Jul 15, 12 2:51 PM
Now that I see his photo it was him I saw. It was at the CVS in Southampton.
By PrivateerMatt (390), Weesuck Creek , EQ on Jul 16, 12 10:33 AM
So who give a damn? You can see lots of famous (?) people in the Hamptons. But I don't see you getting excited because I was in CVS at the same time!!!!
By summertime (589), summerfield fl on Jul 24, 12 11:35 AM
If your that stupid to teach your kids to look up to pro athletes then shame on you
By GoldenBoy (351), EastEnd on Jul 15, 12 2:58 PM
Speaking of stupid, try "you're" instead of "your."
By Phadreus1340 (144), Southampton on Jul 16, 12 9:01 AM
Gotta love the grammar police!
By dnice (2346), Hampton Bays on Jul 16, 12 7:36 PM
Ok well someone should tell that to all the parents of my students who wear these guys’ jerseys every day and spend the school year pouring their hearts out to me in 5 page papers on how they want to be like so and so someday. It’s not ideal but its reality and it’s what is happening so be responsible.
By Crankypants (34), SOUTHAMPTON on Jul 15, 12 3:31 PM
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Accidents happen-plea guilty, pay the fine, and move on. It is a tricky corner when you don't know the area.
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Jul 15, 12 3:39 PM
Accidents happen ?? Sure , it's a tricky corner ... the man was intoxicated !
By AndersEn (174), Southampton on Jul 15, 12 5:51 PM
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A tricky corner?!? Tricky corner my ass! Little Cobb is a straight road with a STOP sign at the intersection of Cobb Rd. This moron blew right through the STOP sign and plowed into the telephone pole. I've lived just up the road from that intersection for over 40 years and this is the first time anyone has ever had an accident like this.
By itsamazing (224), Southampton on Jul 16, 12 12:25 AM
EastEnd, shame on you.

You'd sing a different tune if he ran over one of your family members. This guys makes millions, and he's not smart enough to get a cab? (or for his money, a limo) I don't care what team you root for, this should not be tolerable. Peirod.
By AlwaysLocal (292), southampton on Jul 16, 12 5:49 AM
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put your cell phone down turn down that stuff you call music and loose the tint on your windows please labor day get here soon
By baymen (26), hamptonbays on Jul 15, 12 4:14 PM
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On the Labor Day comment ??are you independently wealthy ---you have someone paying your bills
By bmc (9), southampton on Jul 16, 12 3:18 AM
The way things are going today (as opposed to pre 1964) the workers are working past Labor Day. Now a days ya can't roll a bowling ball down Main Street at noon on that once upon a time wonderful day.
By summertime (589), summerfield fl on Jul 24, 12 11:42 AM
Might we see him sometime in the near future, in a community service capacity?

I think a speaking engagement with the local youth may have it's value...
Jul 15, 12 4:52 PM appended by Mr. Z
Or, better yet a hundred (or even better yet 240) hours spent at various local transfer stations throughout the town...
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Jul 15, 12 4:52 PM
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how about a hefty fine to the community?
By concerned east ender (49), Sag Harbor on Jul 16, 12 10:18 AM
I think a "Meet Jason Kidd Day" (maybe 30 of them) would be more fun.

Imagine the conversation you could have over a bag of recyclables...
Jul 16, 12 1:46 PM appended by Mr. Z
ERR: "Meet Jason Kidd Day" at the dump
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Jul 16, 12 1:46 PM
To be spent on what?
By dnice (2346), Hampton Bays on Jul 16, 12 7:37 PM
At least innocent people were not hurt and hopefully Mr. Kidd realizes the magnitude of his mistake.
Jul 15, 12 4:59 PM appended by bchgrl83
Not to condone DWI, just thankful it wasn't worse.
By bchgrl83 (52), Westhampton Beach on Jul 15, 12 4:59 PM
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Too bad he's not an illegal immigrant...then all he'd have to do is go home for a few weeks and then come back over the border into a different state.
By RealityFirst (597), Bridgehampton on Jul 15, 12 5:47 PM
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really was that necessary?
By ness4493 (3), sag harbor on Jul 16, 12 9:14 AM
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What's the fuss? It's a DWI. The local Judges will give him a slap on the wrist, a wink & a nod and that's all.
By G (342), Southampton on Jul 15, 12 6:30 PM
Is this the treatment for everyone or just celebrities?
By ness4493 (3), sag harbor on Jul 16, 12 9:17 AM
To Reality-why would he have to go home for a few weeks? I thought they just had to go to a different state, like SC
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Jul 15, 12 7:31 PM
I was wondering why the press was not ignoring this story, Now that a picture has been posted it makes much more sense.
By joe hampton (3461), south hampton on Jul 16, 12 11:54 AM
Astute observation.
By RealityFirst (597), Bridgehampton on Jul 16, 12 8:21 PM
Another drunk ended up upside down after hitting a tree in that area the week before. I suspect speed as well as alcohol was involved in both incidents as both lost control while trying to make a fairly simple turn. Thankfully, nobody else got hurt.
By goldenrod (505), southampton on Jul 16, 12 1:06 PM
Maybe it's the trees......
By khan (36), hampton bays on Jul 16, 12 11:45 PM
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I am available to drive athletes, celebrities, and other assorted boneheads around as they party in"the Hamptons". My hourly rate is considerably less than that of Eddie Burke.
By VOS (1241), WHB on Jul 16, 12 3:18 PM
While I commend the Press for posting mug shots of drunks, I have to wonder why someone else can kill a nun and we get a photo of a car.
By Ms. Jane Q. Public (147), Southampton on Jul 17, 12 9:48 AM
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Arrogance. Ego. Sense of entitlement. All of these factors in his descision to get behind the wheel even though clearly intoxicated. Why don't the night clubs have "emergency drivers" on standby, someone who they can page in the middle of the night to come and drive these people home? This will save lives!
By SisBoomBonacker (106), Hamptons on Jul 17, 12 10:30 AM
They do. They are called taxi's.
By Phadreus1340 (144), Southampton on Jul 17, 12 11:41 AM
The first thing that goes when drinking is the ability to reason. If you are going out to drink take a cab.This way you have to take a cab home.
By TianaBob (256), S.Jamesport on Jul 17, 12 1:22 PM
JaneQ-photos of illegals are not available. They refuse to have their pictures taken.
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Jul 17, 12 6:09 PM
LUCKY for the nun killer that Kidd came along and took over the headlines. SH Press better start following up on older stories before putting a new one front and center. the lack of coverage in the Sister's hit and run has been pathetic even for the Press.
By xtiego (698), bridgehampton on Jul 17, 12 7:18 PM
A true three pointer. Kidd gets charged with a DWI, Dolan loses his Cable because of it and the Brooklyn Nets are offering cash for any Jeremy Lin jersey out there!
Love it!!! Swish!
By ride the truth wave (125), southampton on Jul 18, 12 7:54 PM
anyone who drives under the influence is subject to the laws.
it does not matter if you're in the lower class.... like myself. or the upper class.
believe me i feel for Kidd. i know how the cops can be out here.
By Yamka (12), Southampton on Jul 23, 12 7:11 AM
OMG you area still wet behind the ears. How refreshing to see a post from the innocent.
By summertime (589), summerfield fl on Jul 24, 12 12:02 PM