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Artis Gilmore flips car, charged with DUI
Basketball great Artis Gilmore flips car, charged with DUI in Jax

Associated Press
Posted May 18 2006, 1:13 PM EDT

JACKSONVILLE -- Former NBA and Jacksonville University basketball star Artis Gilmore was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol after a traffic accident in which he flipped his car.

Gilmore, 57, was not injured in the crash but the Florida Highway Patrol said witnesses had to help him from the car because he was caught on his seat belt.

The accident occurred about 3 a.m. Wednesday, when Gilmore's 2001 Ford Crown Victoria left the road, struck a tree and overturned onto its roof, FHP spokesman Bill Leeper said.

A trooper investigating the accident said he smelled alcohol and Gilmore said he had a few glasses of wine and was driving home.

After failing a series of field sobriety exercises, he was arrested on a misdemeanor DUI charge. Gilmore's blood-alcohol level was 0.14 percent, Leeper said, more than the legal limit of 0.08 percent.

There was no telephone listing for Gilmore and it was not known if he had an attorney.

Gilmore, nicknamed ``the A-Train,'' was a five-time ABA and six-time NBA all-star during his 18-year-career in the 1970s and 80s.

He played for the Kentucky Colonels, the Chicago Bulls and San Antonio Spurs. He played in 909 NBA games, scoring 15,579 points.

Gilmore led the Jacksonville Dolphins to the 1970 NCAA championship game. He had his number retired in 1992. He is involved in a number of charity events, including the annual Artis Gilmore scholarship golf tournament.
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