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Sprewell Charged: Reckless Driving

March 18, 1998

MARTINEZ, Calif. (AP) _ Suspended basketball star Latrell Sprewell was charged Wednesday with reckless driving stemming from a car crash that injured two people, the district attorney’s office said.

The Golden State Warriors guard, suspended for attacking Warriors Coach P.J. Carlesimo, faces 30 days in jail on the misdemeanor charge.

Sprewell is accused of injuring two people after driving 90 mph and slamming his car into another vehicle as he tried to swerve back onto a freeway from an exit lane. 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.

In December, after attacking Carlesimo, Sprewell was suspended from the NBA for a year and dropped from the team. An arbitrator later reinstated Sprewell’s $32 million contract and reduced his suspension to the end of the season, saying the penalties were too harsh.

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