California Highway Patrol officers are asking prosecutors to charge Basketball Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman with felony hit-and-run for allegedly fleeing the scene of a wrong-way crash on the Santa Ana (5) Freeway.
The collision occurred about 12:30 a.m. July 20 in the carpool lane of the freeway in Santa Ana, according to CHP Officer Florentino Olivera.
A motorist driving a black BMW south on the 5, north of Broadway, told investigators he saw a white Land Rover coming at him in the wrong direction and swerved to avoid the crash, but slammed into a center-divider wall, Olivera said.
The driver and his passenger got out of the BMW and then saw the Land Rover’s driver — who they claim they recognized as Rodman — make a U-turn and return southbound in their direction, Olivera said.
They alleged Rodman stopped and had a short conversation with them, but then left the scene without exchanging information, Olivera said.
The CHP recommended a felony charge be filed because the passenger complained of pain following the crash, Olivera said.
Rodman has not been arrested or cited. Prosecutors are reviewing the case to decide if charges are warranted.
— City News Service