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Retired NBA champion Dennis Rodman charged in hit-and-run

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman was charged with hit and run, and property damage Monday for driving the wrong way on a freeway and causing a car crash, police said.
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Former NBA basketball player Dennis Rodman speaks during a news conference in Buenos Aires
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Former NBA star Dennis Rodman was charged with hit and run, and property damage Monday for driving the wrong way on a freeway and causing a car crash, police said.

Rodman was charged with misdemeanor counts of hit and run with property damage, driving a motor vehicle across a divide, giving false information to a police officer and driving without a valid license.

Jail time

Dennis Rodman

Former NBA basketball player Dennis Rodman speaks to the media after returning from his trip to North Korea at Beijing airport

If convicted on all charges, the five-time NBA champion and seven-time NBA rebound champion faces a maximum of two years in county jail.

Rodman, 55, will be arraigned on January 20, 2017.

Police say that in the early morning hours of July 20, Rodman drove a sport utility vehicle north in the southbound carpool lane of Interstate 5 in Santa Ana and drove head-on toward a sedan, causing the driver of that vehicle to swerve into a dividing wall to avoid a collision with Rodman's vehicle.

Police say Rodman did not exchange information with the other driver and fled the scene before police arrived.

Hall of fame

Rodman was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2011 and finished his NBA career with 6,683 points, 11,954 rebounds and 1,600 assists.

Rodman also made three notable visits to North Korea within 12 months in 2013 and early 2014, meeting leader Kim Jong-un and bringing a team of ex-NBA players for exhibition games against North Korea's national team, one on Kim's birthday.