Hawks’ DeAndre’ Bembry arrested for driving 128 MPH in apparent race

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Hawks wing DeAndre’ Bembry got hurt in the preseason, got hurt again in the regular-season opener and has missed Atlanta’s last 23 games with yet another injury.

A frustrating year has taken another turn for the worse.

Lauren Foreman of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

About 12:20 a.m., Atlanta police saw a purple Dodge Charger driven by small forward DeAndre’ Bembry “traveling at a high rate of speed south of Buford Highway” along with another car, Officer Donald Hannah said.

“Both vehicles were changing lanes and appeared to be racing each other as they traveled on I-85 approaching the Buford Highway exit at speeds visually estimated to be close to 150 mph in a 55-mph speed limit zone,” he said.

The Charger was clocked going 128 mph in a 55 mph zone on I-85 near Buford Highway, according to Hannah. The officer was not able to obtain an exact speed on the first vehicle.

Bembry was stopped in the 1900 block of Piedmont Circle without incident and arrested on charges of reckless driving and speeding, Hannah said.

The NBA world is especially sensitive to high-speed racing after Hornets guard Bobby Phills died in a 2000 car crash while allegedly racing teammate David Wesley. Wesley denied racing and was acquitted of that charge, though he was convicted of reckless driving.