By Bee Staff
Kings basketball star Tyreke Evans has pleaded no contest to reckless driving, the Sacramento County District Attorney said today.
Evans (photo left), the NBA's Rookie of the Year, was ordered to serve three years informal probation, 80 hours of alternative sentencing, participate in two CHP Start Smart driving programs and had his driving license suspended for 30 days, DA Jan Scully said.
Scully gave this chain of events:
On May 31, a CHP flight officer working over Sacramento County in a CHP Cessna airplane observed Evans' vehicle traveling in excess of 100 mph (up to 130 mph at times) while crossing lanes on westbound I-80. The defendant continued to maintain a high rate of speed for several miles while passing a number of vehicles.
A motorcycle officer was dispatched and pulled the defendant over without incident.
"This kind of reckless driving puts the safety of citizens who travel our roads and highways at enormous risk," said Deputy District Attorney Suzanne Salazar. "By sentencing the defendant to participate in CHP's driving program for young drivers, he will be required to educate others that this type of driving is dangerous and unacceptable."