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The BBC's Alva McNichol
"If convicted he could face 15 years in prison"
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The BBC's Malcolm Brabant
"O.J. Simpson has made no attempt to hide from the limelight since moving to Kendall last year"
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Friday, 9 February, 2001, 21:05 GMT
OJ Simpson faces 'road rage' charges
OJ Simpson
Simpson walks into the Miami-Dade County prison
OJ Simpson has surrendered to authorities on charges stemming from what his lawyer described as a "road rage misunderstanding".

The former American football palyer is accused of reaching into a car and pulling the glasses off a motorist during an altercation near Mr Simpson's home in Kendall, Florida last November.

OJ Simpson in court
His trial captivated public interest around the world
On Friday, he surrendered to the Miami-Dade County police before being taken to a jail to be processed.

The BBC correspondent in Miami, Malcolm Brabant, says Mr Simpson clowned about as he left jail, picking his teeth and grinning inanely behind his lawyer who insisted his client was innocent.

In the mugshot released by the police, he was also smirking.

Besides assault, Mr Simpson has been charged with car burglary, which carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in jail.


The 55-year-old motorist, Jeffrey Pattinson, said he had sounded his car horn at Mr Simpson's car because it went through a stop sign.

Nicole Brown Simpson
His ex-wife was stabbed to death
The two men apparently had a brief argument and according to Mr Pattinson, Mr Simpson reached into his car, grabbed his glasses and caused a small scratch on his face.

Pattinson said he heard a young girl shouting "No, daddy, no, daddy, no!" when Simpson reached into his car and grabbed his glasses.

The former football star has denied any wrongdoing. He said Pattinson shouted at him and he shouted back, then returned to his car and drove his two youngest children home.

Televised trial

Mr Simpson was acquitted of killing his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman in 1994, but was later found liable for the deaths in a civil trial.

< He was ordered to pay $33,5m in damages.

His televised trial captivated public interest in America and around the world.

Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman were stabbed to death in California in June 1994.

Mr Simpson moved to the Miami area early last year.

Since then, police have responded three times to reported disturbances between Simpson and his girlfriend, Christie Prody.

Recently, police were called to his home in January, after a neighbour called to report an argument.

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