Dennis Rodman charged in Orange County hit and run

Former Chicago Bulls forward Dennis Rodman arrives at the Basketball Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony in Springfield, Mass., on Friday night, Aug. 12, 2011. (Stephan Savoia)

Charges have been filed against NBA Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman after authorities said he was involved in a hit-and-run crash in Santa Ana on July 20.

The Orange County District Attorney's office announced Rodman was charged with one count each of hit and run with property damage, driving a motor vehicle across a dividing section, giving false information to a police officer, and driving a motor vehicle without a valid license.

All the charges were misdemeanors, according to officials.

Authorities said Rodman was driving north in the southbound carpool lane on the 5 Freeway near Main Street in Santa Ana at about 12:30 a.m.

A BMW sedan was forced to swerve into a diving wall to avoid hitting Rodman's Range Rover, according to officials.

Police said Rodman left the scene before officers could arrive. California Highway Patrol recommended that charges be filed against Rodman back in August.

The 55-year-old was scheduled to be arraigned on Jan. 20. The district attorney's office said Rodman faces a maximum sentence of two years in county jail if convicted.
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