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Ex-NBA star Dennis Rodman was charged Monday with a hit and run, giving false information and other crimes after driving the wrong way on a Southern California freeway, prosecutors said.
In a statement, the Orange County District Attorney's Office accused Rodman, 55, of driving north in the southbound lane of Interstate 5 shortly after midnight on July 20. Rodman drove his SUV head-on toward a sedan, causing the car to swerve and crash into concrete dividing wall, prosecutors said.
Rodman then fled the scene, prosecutors said, but later provided false "verbal accounts" to investigating officers from the California Highway Patrol.
Rodman, who is also accused of driving without a license, is scheduled to be arraigned on Jan. 20.
The charges against him are all misdemeanors. He faces a maximum of two years in prison.
A representative for Rodman did not immediately respond to a request for comment from NBC News.
Rodman’s lawyer, Paul S. Meyer, claimed to the Los Angeles Times that the accident happened on an exit ramp that did not have adequate road signs.
“Mr. Rodman turned and corrected the driving error, stopped and spoke with the people in the other car,” Meyer said in statement. “Their cars never touched. We look forward to a discussion of all of the facts.”