ATLANTA, March 13 (UPI) -- Josh Powell, a reserve forward with the Atlanta Hawks, was arrested before a game for refusing to move his car that blocked an ambulance, police said.
Atlanta police spokesman Curtis Davenport said Powell, 28, was charged Saturday with obstruction, failure to obey an officer directing traffic and failure to yield to emergency equipment, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
Powell was trying to turn onto a street, but got stuck in an intersection due to heavy traffic caused by the SEC basketball tournament. Powell's car impeded the ambulance's progress, the newspaper reported.
"The officer approached Mr. Powell's vehicle and told him numerous times to go straight through the intersection ... . (He) refused and was placed under arrest," Davenport said.
Powell, a seven-year NBA veteran who joined the Atlanta team last summer, was not in uniform following the incident during the Hawks game against the Portland Trail Blazers.
Powell bonded out of jail.