Washington Wizards star Rod Strickland has been arrested and charged with drunken driving.
The Wizards guard was reportedly arrested early Sunday morning after U.S. Park Police officers observed him allegedly driving erratically near CIA headquarters in McLean, police said today.
Strickland refused to take a Breathalyzer test, U.S. Park Police spokesman Sgt. Rob MacLean said. He has been charged with driving under the influence and failure to stay in lanes.
He is expected to appear before a U.S. magistrate at the federal courthouse in Alexandria at the end of the month.
Third DUI Arrest in Three Years
The arrest marks Strickland’s third DUI arrest in three years. He was convicted in 1998 and completed a year’s probation and 30 hours of community service. In 1999, Strickland was acquitted of charges related to an April incident in Washington.
In November, Strickland was charged with unlawful entry for allegedly refusing to leave a night club after fire marshals shut it down. The charge was later dropped.
The latest arrest adds more turmoil to the disgruntled Strickland’s situation with the Wizards. In the week after Christmas, Strickland missed two practices without notifying the team, a team-scheduled doctor’s appointment and a road trip to Miami. He also expressed his desire to play for another team and complained when he played only 18 minutes the day after he missed one of the practices.
In return, the Wizards have fined Strickland twice and suspended him for one game. Strickland later went to see his own doctor, who last week diagnosed a muscle tear in the point guard’s left shoulder. Just days earlier, Strickland had decided to sit out a game when he complained of sore hamstrings.
Because of a shoulder injury, Strickland stayed home during the team’s current road trip, which began Sunday night with a loss to New York. He has not played since Dec. 27.
The suspension, injury and now the arrest have hurt Strickland’s value on the trade market. Michael Jordan, the team’s president of basketball operations, has been trying to shop Strickland, one of several highly paid veterans who have limited the team’s mobility under the salary cap.
The Wizards, who have the second-worst record in the league, did not comment immediately on the arrest.