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76er Derrick Coleman Arrested

July 29, 2002 GMT

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FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. (AP) _ Philadelphia 76ers forward Derrick Coleman was arrested when police said he refused to take a breath test for alcohol after being stopped for driving about 100 mph.

The speed limit on Interstate 696 in the Detroit suburb is 70 mph.

Coleman, 35, who was alone in the vehicle, was taken into custody about 3:30 a.m. Saturday by officers who suspected the Detroit native had been drinking alcohol, Farmington Hills Police Chief William Dwyer said.

``They smelled the odor of alcohol,″ Dwyer said Monday. ``They gave him a sobriety test that indicated that he had been drinking, and he told them that he had had some champagne.″

Coleman was arrested after he refused to take a breath test, Dwyer said, and blood tests for alcohol were taken at Botsford Hospital after police received a court order.

Results of the tests were expected to be returned to police in about a week, Dwyer said.

Coleman was ticketed for operating a vehicle under the influence of liquor and refusing to take a breath test, Dwyer said. He posted bond Saturday and was released.

James Feinberg, an attorney for Coleman, said he spoke with his client about the arrest and declined to comment. He said a court hearing for Coleman has not yet been scheduled.

In 2000, Coleman turned himself in after a warrant for his arrest was issued in North Carolina on charges of driving with a revoked license and using an out-of-state license while his North Carolina license was revoked.

Coleman, who played for the Charlotte Hornets at the time, had his license revoked because he refused to take a sobriety test after a car accident the previous October.

He was acquitted on drunk driving charges in that accident.

Coleman averaged 15.1 points and 8.8 rebounds during the regular season for the 76ers, and 12.8 points and 9.2 rebounds in Philadelphia’s first-round playoff series loss to Boston.