NEWPORT BEACH -- Eccentric ex-basketball star Dennis Rodman on Monday
pleaded innocent to charges he was driving under the influence as he left
a popular South Coast Plaza restaurant in December.
Rodman, 38, did not show up for the hearing and was not required to do so
for the misdemeanor count. His attorney, Paul Meyer, appeared on his
behalf and entered a plea of not guilty. Rodman's next court date is May
Rodman, who was driving a powder blue Bentley, was stopped by Costa Mesa
police Dec. 23 as he left The Clubhouse Restaurant. Authorities were
reportedly notified by South Coast Plaza security that the National
Basketball Association star was leaving the mall. There have been
conflicting reports whether Rodman appeared to be intoxicated that night.
Police said Rodman, who briefly had a stint with the Dallas Mavericks
this year, was not wearing a seat belt and failed a field sobriety test
at the time of his arrest. Results from a subsequent test showed Rodman's
blood-alcohol level was 0.15, nearly twice the legal limit. He posted
$2,500 bail after his arrest and was released.
The Orange County District Attorney's office is reviewing another case
involving Rodman. That case was submitted by Newport Beach police who
have responded numerous times to Rodman's Seashore Drive home.
Police have responded to the home 28 times -- most of which are
complaints about loud parties, some that are at odd hours of the night.
Police have fined Rodman more than $2,000 for the responses, but the
penalties have done little to curb the late-night activity. The
department compiled the case because authorities say they have run out of
options with Rodman.
Rodman is no stranger to Newport Beach police. He was arrested last
August on suspicion of public drunkenness. He was partying at Woody's
Wharf when he reportedly got into a confrontation with another patron.
Charges were never filed against Rodman for the incident.
Just last week, Newport Beach police stopped Rodman on Superior Avenue
and cited him for driving with a suspended license.
Attempts to reach Rodman and his attorney Monday were unsuccessful.