Just an hour's drive south of Napa, the Golden State Warriors are closing in on what appears to be their second NBA championship in three years. While fans are ready to celebrate, a former basketball player familiar to NBA followers is facing charges that he was driving under the influence when he recently crashed his car on a California freeway.
As a point guard with the Los Angeles Lakers, Fisher won five NBA championships. He played with several other teams and was head coach of the New York Knicks for two years, but was fired in early 2016 from that position.
As area hoops fans well know, Fisher played with the Golden State Warriors from 2004 to 2006.
According to a law enforcement report, Fisher crashed his Cadillac on a Los Angeles freeway early Sunday morning. It was just past 3 .m. when his car reportedly slammed into a curb and metal guardrail before flipping over and landing on its roof.
Inside the vehicle with the former coach and player was his girlfriend, reality TV star Gloria Govan. No injuries were reported.
Here in California, penalties for drunken driving can be painful. A conviction for a first DUI offense can mean a four-month driver's license suspension, as well as fines of up to nearly $2,000, required completion of an alcohol education program and 48 hours in jail.
Potential penalties for a second or third offense get dramatically harsher.
You can speak with a Napa County criminal defense attorney experienced in DUI defense. Contact the law office of attorney Matthew C. Bishop for more information about your legal options.