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Wizards’ Strickland Arrested

October 28, 2000

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Rod Strickland of the Washington Wizards was arrested early Saturday, charged with refusing to leave a restaurant that was being shut by fire marshals.

The number of people inside Republic Gardens exceeded the club’s occupancy permit, police spokesman Joe Gentile said.

Once he refused to leave, Strickland was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of unlawful entry and released on personal recognizance. He is due in court Nov. 3.

The Wizards open the season at Orlando on Tuesday.

A team spokesman did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

This is not Strickland’s first brush with the law.

He was arrested in April 1999, and charged with driving under the influence and reckless driving. Five months later, he was found not guilty by a jury on the DUI charge and by a judge on the reckless driving charge.

Four years earlier, he had been arrested in New York and charged with hitting his ex-girlfriend. Strickland pleaded guilty to that charge and was ordered to attend a therapy program.

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