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Redick Apologizes after DWI Charge

Friday, September 15, 2006

Eyewitness News has learned that former Duke men's basketball star J.J. Redick was charged with driving while impaired early Tuesday morning.

ABC11tv.com broke the story Tuesday morning.

Police set up a checkpoint at LaSalle and Kangaroo drives in Durham, when they say Redick, 21, made a U-turn to avoid the stop. Officers pulled him over at the Belmont apartment complex on McQueen Drive around 1 a.m.

The officer reported a strong smell of alcohol on Redick's breath and described the former Duke player's eyes as "very glassy" during the stop. Police charged Redic with driving under the influence and illegal use of highways.

Redick spent three hours inside the Durham County Jail before a friend posted his $1,000 cash bond. He was released around 4 a.m.

Records indicate that Redick's blood alcohol level was 0.11 when he was booked at the Durham County Jail early Tuesday. The legal limit for drivers in North Carolina is 0.08.

Redick's drivers license was revoked for 30 days. He is scheduled to appear in court in Durham on July 17th. NBA-bound? Redick graduated from Duke University in May and is expected to be drafted into the NBA on June 28th. On Monday, he canceled a scheduled Wednesday workout with the Orlando Magic, who have the No. 11 pick in the draft. Magic spokesman Joel Glass declined to say why Redick backed out, and no workout has been rescheduled.

Through his agent, Arn Tellem, Redick released a statement in response to questions about his arrest. The statement reads: "I regret what happened last night, and want to apologize to my family and the Duke community for the incident."

Redick spoke exclusively with Eyewitness News.

"I regret what happened last night, and want to apologize to my friends, family and the Duke community," he said before climbing into an SUV. "Thanks."

When asked if he thought this would affect his draft position Tellem said, "Absolutely not. Everyone knows his character and his body of work during his four years, where he's been a great player and person at Duke. He has handled himself well on and off the court." Stellar career at DukeRedick finished his career as the leading scorer in Atlantic Coast Conference history. He is expected to be a high first-round pick in the June 28 NBA draft.

"J.J. knows he made a mistake and regrets it," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said in a statement. "He represented the very best in college athletics and exhibited outstanding character at Duke the last four years. He is and will continue to be a credit to the Duke basketball family. As his friend and his coach, he has my total support."

The Duke campus has been roiled the past few months after members of the men's lacrosse team were accused of raping a dancer at a party March 13. Three players have been charged in the case.

Stay with abc11tv.com and ABC11 Eyewitness News for the latest on this developing story.

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