Josh Powell Arrested For Traffic Infraction Before Atlanta Hawks Game
Hawks center Josh Powell was arrested for an unspecified traffic offense prior to the Atlanta Hawks' Saturday night matchup against the Hawks. He is being held without bond on a felony obstruction charge.
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The Atlanta center and former Riverside High School graduate was arrested blocks from Philips Arena for blocking an ambulance, Atlanta Police Department spokesman Curtis Davenport told Christian Boone of the AJC. The police allege that Powell, 28, was trying to make a turn to Park Avenue West from Marietta Street when an ambulance tried to get through.
Despite being allegedly ordered by the police to go through the intersection, Powell remained in the turn lane and was arrested by the police for blocking traffic and impeding the ambulance's progress. Traffic was heavy in the area because the SEC Championship Tournament is being played at the nearby Georgia Dome.
Powell faces Failure to Obey Authorized Personnel, Failure to Yield for an Emergency Vehicle and Obstruction of Office charges.
The Obstruction charge is a felony. No bail was set on that charge and Powell has a court date on Sunday according to Ms. Winston, an operator at the Fulton County Jail. The other two charges require a $300 bond.
"We were made aware of a traffic incident that occurred en route to (Powell) coming to the game, reportedly near the arena," Hawks VP of Public Relations Arthur Triche told the AJC's Michael Cunningham. "That's as much as we know about the situation at this time. We do understand charges have been filed but beyond that we have no further comment."
Al Horford was not the only one who missed Saturday night's game against the Portland Trail Blazers. Josh Powell was out too. He was arrested on an unspecified traffic charge while driving down to Philips Arena before the game.
"We were made aware of a traffic incident that occurred en route to [Powell] coming to the game, reportedly near the arena," Hawks VP of Public Relations Arthur Triche told the AJC's Michael Cunningham. "That's as much as we know about the situation at this time. We do understand charges have been filed but beyond that we have no further comment."
Obviously, if the bond is only $300 Powell didn't do a heck of a lot, which makes you wonder why the heck he got arrested in the first place and not released prior to the game. We will obviously update you when we know more about why Powell was arrested.