New York Knicks guard Jason Kidd was so hammered while driving down a Suffolk County lane that he didn’t know how his car got wrapped around a power pole, police said today.
According to the NYPost, Kidd smelled of booze and had bloodshot eyes when police responded to the one-car pileup on Cobb Road in Water Mill, LI, shortly after 1:56 a.m. yesterday, police said.
According to a report by Southampton Town police that emerged today:
"The defendant was found in the seat of his vehicle and stated he was the driver. Upon exiting vehicle defendant smelled heavily of an alcoholic beverage, very unsteady on his feet, bloodshot and watery eyes…Defendant did not know what had happened in accident. Defendant arrested for 1192-3 transported to hospital for injuries. Released and brought to HQW for processing. Defendant refused in hospital to chemical test."
Kidd was at the scene for roughly 45 minutes when someone passed by, saw the accident and called the cops.
According to police chief William Wilson, who arrived on the scene:
"We had to be careful because there were live wires from the downed pole."
Kidd exited the car under his own power and was “cooperative,” according to Wilson.
The car was not impounded and later returned to Kidd. He was driving a Cadillac Escalade during the accident and according to police, it’s “very likely not driveable."
The 39-year-old Kidd was signed last week and expected to be a mentor to up-and-coming Knicks star Jeremy Lin.