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Sprewell May Face Criminal Charges

March 12, 1998

PLEASANT HILL, Calif. (AP) _ Authorities recommend criminal charges for suspended basketball star Latrell Sprewell, who is accused of injuring two people after driving 90 mph and slamming his car into another vehicle.

California Highway Patrol investigators will advise prosecutors to file a misdemeanor charge of reckless driving against the Golden State Warriors guard, CHP spokesman Cliff Kroeger said Thursday.

Last week, an arbitrator reinstated Sprewell’s $32 million contract and reduced his suspension to the end of the season, saying the penalties were too harsh.

Sprewell is accused of driving at high speeds while trying to jump back onto the freeway from an exit-only lane near Pleasant Hill on March 1.

He struck sand barrels and slammed his 1997 Mercedes into a Toyota Corolla, which flipped when both cars crashed into a concrete wall, Kroeger said.

Sprewell was unhurt, but the two people in the other vehicle _ Arnulfo Perlas, 54, and Irma Feliciano, 53 _ sustained minor injuries, he said. They were treated at a hospital and released.

In December, after attacking Golden State Warriors coach P.J. Carlesimo, the former Warriors star was suspended from the NBA for a year and dropped from the team.

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