Jason Kidd Suffered Minor Injuries in Car Crash, Pleaded Not Guilty to DWI Charge

by July 16, 2012

The police report from Jason Kidd’s crash and arrest over the weekend has been made public, and Newsday provides us with the details: “Knicks guard Jason Kidd told police he ‘had a few drinks’ and had been ‘at a club on the South Fork’ before his alleged drunken driving accident early Sunday in Water Mill, court records show. Kidd ‘smelled strongly of an alcoholic beverage, he had slurred speech, [was] very unsteady afoot and had bloodshot, watery and glassy eyes,’ according to the misdemeanor driving while intoxicated complaint. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Kidd, 39, listed his employer as the New York Knicks and his occupation as ‘athlete’ after being arrested by Southampton Town police, according to the police report. Police Chief William Wilson Jr. said Monday that Kidd was charged with driving while intoxicated after he refused a blood test and chemical test after the one-vehicle accident at 2:42 a.m. near the intersection of Cobb Road and Little Cobb Road. Kidd’s attorney, Edward Burke Jr., of Sag Harbor, issued a statement early Monday: ‘Jason was involved in a single vehicle accident on his way back home from a charity function [Saturday] night. He suffered minor injuries and was treated and released from a local hospital. Jason has pleaded not guilty to a DWI charge and awaits further court proceedings.’ According to the police report, Kidd was driving a 2010 Cadillac Escalade when it left the road and traveled about 25 feet into a wooded area. The sport utility vehicle, which was registered in Texas, snapped a utility pole at the base, police said. […] Police said wires from the downed pole had to be deactivated before Kidd got out of the vehicle on his own. Kidd was transported to Southampton Hospital for treatment of minor injuries, police said. It was at the hospital where he refused a blood test, Wilson said on Monday. Wilson said the investigation into the accident is continuing. He said that Kidd was ‘cooperative’ at the scene.”