Jason Kidd arrested on drunk driving charge after accident

NEW YORK Sun Jul 15, 2012 3:34pm EDT

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (R) drives past Dallas Mavericks guard Jason Kidd during the second half of their NBA basketball game in Dallas, Texas March 21, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Stone

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (R) drives past Dallas Mavericks guard Jason Kidd during the second half of their NBA basketball game in Dallas, Texas March 21, 2012.

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - NBA star Jason Kidd was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated early on Sunday after his car struck a telephone pole in the Hamptons area of New York's Long Island, police said.

He pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor, his lawyer said.

Kidd, a 10-time all-star who recently signed with the New York Knicks, was treated for minor injuries at the hospital and released from custody on his own recognizance, police said.

Kidd, 39, has played 18 years in the National Basketball Association and won an NBA championship with the 2010-2011 Dallas Mavericks.

Southampton Town Police reported receiving a call shortly before 2 a.m. about a car that struck a telephone pole and went into the woods.

"Police responded to the scene and found the driver of the vehicle, Jason Kidd, age 39 of Dallas, Texas, to be intoxicated," police said in a statement. "It was a single car accident in which Mr. Kidd was the single occupant of the 2010 Cadillac Escalade."

Eddie Burke Jr., a lawyer representing Kidd, said his client pleaded not guilty at an arraignment on Sunday. Burke declined to comment on Kidd's injuries and said he was awaiting further evidence from the investigation ahead of a September court date.

"(Kidd) is doing OK," Burke said. "He was released on his own recognizance and has to come back to court in September."

(Reporting by Daniel Trotta and Lily Kuo; Editing by Eric Beech)

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