Posted: 04/25/2011 3:25 PM
NEW ORLEANS — Authorities say Los Angeles Lakers forward Derrick Caracter was arrested in New Orleans, accused of public drunkenness and shoving a cashier at a pancake restaurant.
Police said the 22-year-old Scotch Plains native was arrested early Sunday and booked into jail on charges of battery, public drunkenness and resisting arrest. They say Caracter allegedly grabbed and shoved the cashier at an International House of Pancakes after he was refused service and became belligerent. The woman wasn't injured.
Police initially said the cashier was pregnant, but later said that was an error.
Authorities say Caracter was freed later Sunday morning on $1,000 bond. It wasn't clear if Caracter had a lawyer, and a call by The Associated Press to the Lakers' organization wasn't immediately returned.
Caracter didn't play in Sunday night's playoff game against the Hornets.
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