Through his Twitter page, this week NBA guard Jason Kidd, who was recently signed to New York’s own Knicks franchise, said he regretted any disruption his Water Mill car accident has caused and thanked his family and friends for their support.
“I regret any disruption my accident last weekend may have caused members of the community and want to thank the local authorities,” wrote Kidd late this week on his Twitter account. “I’d also like to thank my family and friends for their support.”
Kidd, 39, was arrested by Southampton Town Police for a misdemeanor charge of Driving While Intoxicated by Alcohol (DWI) just 10 days after signing a contract with the famed basketball franchise.
Kidd was charged in the early morning hours of Sunday, July 15. Later that morning, Kidd pled not guilty to the charges in Southampton Town Justice Court.
According to Southampton Town Police, around 1:56 a.m. on July 15 they received a 911 call reporting a motor vehicle accident at Cobb and Little Cobb Road in Water Mill.
“We were there within five minutes,” said Southampton Town Police Chief William Wilson during a press conference on Monday.
According to Wilson, a preliminary investigation revealed that Kidd was driving southwest on Cobb Road and proceeded through an intersection before hitting a telephone poll, snapping it at its base before his 2010 Cadillac Escalade came to a stop in a wooded area.
Kidd, of Dallas, Texas, was the sole occupant of the vehicle, said Wilson at Monday’s press conference. He was brought to Southampton Hospital for “minor injuries,” said Wilson and released into police custody before his appearance at Southampton Town Justice Court later that morning.
According to the arrest report, police said Kidd “smelled strongly of an alcoholic beverage,” and also slurred his speech, was unsteady on his feet and had “bloodshot, watery and glassy eyes.”
“I want to clear up any rumors or misconceptions,” said Wilson on Mondays, noting the case has drawn significant media attention because of Kidd’s status with the NBA. “He was cooperative during the arrest process.”
The 2011 NBA Champion played for the Dallas Mavricks from 2007 through 2011 before signing a three-year contract with the New York Knicks just two weeks ago.