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Jason Kidd Arrested for DWI After Slamming SUV Into Pole

Earlier in the month, Jason Kidd announced that he was signing a three-year deal with the New York Knicks. Unfortunately, Kidd may have celebrated a bit too hard on Sunday.

According to police, Kidd smashed his Escalade into a telephone pole after a night out in the Hamptons. The former Phoenix Suns point guard was arrested and charged with misdemeanor DWI for the incident, NY Daily News reports.

At around 2 a.m., the 10-time All-Star struck a telephone pole in his 2010 Cadillac Escalade, snapping the utility pole in half, the report states. Kidd was transported to the Southampton Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

According to police documents, Kidd refused to submit to a Breathalyzer test. He also reportedly refused to submit to a toxicology test at Southampton Hospital.

If the accident had occurred in Arizona, Kidd would be subjected to stiff penalties for refusing the breath test. Under Arizona law, any person who drives in the state has given “implied consent” to a breath, blood, or urine test if suspect of driving under the influence. Refusing to submit will get your license suspended for at least a year. That’s harsher than the period proscribed for many DUI offenses.

Kidd was charged with misdemeanor DWI for the incident. In Arizona, he’d probably be charged with DUI, depending on his blood alcohol content at the time of arrest. A BAC of .08 percent to .1399 will get you a DUI. A BAC of .150 to .199 will get you an extreme DUI in Arizona. Finally, a BAC of .20 or greater will get you a super extreme DUI. A super extreme DUI conviction is punishable by a minimum of 45 days in jail and up to $2,750 in fines.

According to TMZ, Jason Kidd was so drunk that he had to be carried out of the club early Sunday morning. Being unable to walk, however, didn’t stop Kidd from getting behind the wheel. Good thing he wasn’t in Arizona at the time, or he could be facing super extreme DUI charges.

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