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Police Want To Charge Rodman

Police want the district attorney's office to file misdemeanor public drunkenness charges against former NBA star Dennis Rodman for his role in a disturbance at a waterfront restaurant and bar.

Newport Beach police recommended Rodman be charged because he was offered a chance to leave the restaurant and didn't, Sgt. Mike McDermott said Monday.

Rodman, 38, who was waived by the Los Angeles Lakers last April after a brief, stormy stay with the team, was released on his own recognizance early Sunday morning after spending several hours in jail. He was arrested outside the restaurant about 9 p.m. PDT Saturday.

Also arrested was Donn Emerson, 36, who was booked for investigation of obstructing a police officer, a misdemeanor, after he allegedly tried to interfere with police taking Rodman into custody. Emerson was released on his own recognizance.

The district attorney's office is expected to decide whether to file charges prior to Rodman's scheduled Oct. 1 court appearance.

Restaurant owner Ralph Furra, whose wife, Julie, was managing the bar at the time, said a woman apparently was taunting Rodman, that he responded, and then the woman's boyfriend grabbed Rodman. Police were called and asked Rodman to take a taxi home, but he refused.

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