Hornets’ Coleman Faces Arrest Warrant

From Associated Press

A warrant has been issued in Charlotte, N.C., for the arrest of the Hornets’ Derrick Coleman for driving without a license.

Coleman was pulled over for a traffic violation Tuesday night and presented a valid Michigan drivers license to police, but police realized after letting him go that Coleman is not permitted to drive in North Carolina.

Coleman, who lives in Michigan, had his license revoked for a year for refusing to submit to a breath examination or other sobriety tests after an Oct. 27 car accident in which teammate Eldridge Recasner was seriously injured.

Recasner was in the front passenger seat and suffered a fractured right shoulder, collapsed lung and other injuries when the car Coleman was driving was struck by a truck.


Coleman told officers he had been drinking champagne earlier in the evening, but refused to take any sobriety tests and, by law, his driving privileges were revoked.

Coleman was acquitted of the drunk driving charge because prosecutors had no proof he was drunk.

Earlier this year, a Charlotte television station filmed Coleman driving away from the Charlotte Coliseum and followed him all the way to his home. No charges resulted in that incident.

Coleman is out for the entire preseason while he adjusts to new medication to treat an irregular heartbeat.



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