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  Derrick Coleman Arrested for DWI

The Associated Press
Wednesday, Oct. 27, 1999; 11:14 a.m. EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. –– Charlotte Hornets power forward Derrick Coleman was arrested early today for driving while under the influence after the car he was driving collided with a tractor-trailer, police said.

Coleman, Hornets backup guard Eldridge Recasner and a third passenger in Coleman's vehicle, Ebony Kimbrough, were injured in the accident at 12:51 a.m. and taken to Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police spokesman Tom Barry said. The truck driver was unhurt.

After being charged for DWI, Coleman was taken to the medical center, where Recasner also was a patient. Henry Bostic, a spokesman for the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Department, said Coleman was treated at the hospital and released.

Center spokesman Scott White referred calls about Recasner's condition to the Hornets, where a spokesman said he would release information later today. Kimbrough was in fair condition, White said.

Coleman, a nine-year pro, is in the second year of a five-year, $40 million contract with the Hornets. He has averaged 12.2 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists in six exhibition games. Last season, he was limited to 37 games by foot and ankle problems.

In August, Coleman was accused of urinating in front of patrons at a downtown Detroit restaurant and charged with disorderly conduct. Coleman denied any wrongdoing, saying he spilled a drink on himself.

He also faces a civil lawsuit in Michigan in which he is accused of trespassing and battery at a Detroit woman's home in 1997. Coleman's attorney in that case has said the allegation is untrue.

In 1995, Coleman was arrested and charged with refusing to move his truck and swearing at a police officer in Detroit. The jury failed to reach a verdict and the case ended in a mistrial.

Recasner was signed by the Hornets as a free agent last January.

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