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Former Laker Josh Powell Arrested In Atlanta

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ATLANTA (AP) – Atlanta Hawks reserve forward Josh Powell was arrested before Saturday’s game for refusing to move his car for an oncoming ambulance.

The 28-year-old Powell was not at Philips Arena while the Hawks played the Portland Trail Blazers.

Hawks spokesman Arthur Triche said the team was ” aware of the traffic incident concerning Josh and that he is not at the game tonight.” Triche also said he would have no additional comment until the team had gathered more information.

Triche said Powell was arrested late Saturday afternoon before the Hawks’ 7 p.m. tipoff with Portland. Atlanta police charged Powell with failure to obey an authorized officer who was directing traffic and failure to yield to and obstruction of emergency equipment.

Powell, a seventh-year NBA veteran in his first season as a little-used Atlanta reserve, is averaging 4.9 points in 55 games.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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