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The Cadillac Escalade that Jason Kidd reportedly crashed in Water Mill

A Cadillac Escalade owned by the Knicks' Jason

A Cadillac Escalade owned by the Knicks' Jason Kid, sustained damage in a crash Sunday in Water Mill. The sport utility vehicle is at the Southampton Town Police impound yard in Hampton Bays. (July 18, 2012) Credit: James Carbone

Newsday freelance photographer James Carbone snapped this picture of Jason Kidd's 2010 Cadillac Escalade. According to police, Kidd drove the car into a utility pole at the corner of Cobb Road and Little Cobb Road in Water Mill on Sunday.

Police arrested Kidd on a charge of driving while intoxicated, and said that Kidd "smelled heavily of an alcoholic beverage" and was "very unsteady on his feet."

The Knicks signed the veteran point guard to a three-year deal with the taxpayer's midlevel exception on July 12. Kidd will earn $3.09 million during the 2012-13 season.

The signing was originally intended as a means to pair Jeremy Lin with a veteran backup point guard, but the Knicks wound up acquiring Raymond Felton in a sign-and-trade deal, and letting Lin sign a $25.1 million free agent deal with the Houston Rockets.

Kidd, 39, is entering his 19th season in the league. He started his career in Dallas, and went on to play for the Suns and Nets before returning to the Mavericks during the 2007-08 season.

Kidd averaged career lows in points (6.2), assists (5.5) and rebounds (4.1) during the 2011-12 season. He is fourth in NBA history in minutes played, 10th in games played, and second in both assists and steals.

Wednesday marks the 11-year anniversary of Kidd's trade to the Nets from the Suns. Kidd played in New Jersey for 6½ seasons, leading the team to back-to-back NBA Finals appearances in 2002 and 2003. The Nets lost in each appearance.

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