A former NBA player was arrested in Los Angeles this week after he allegedly stole a brand new Mercedes from a valet stand.
According to TMZ Sports, Jeff Adrien allegedly took the luxury car on a six-hour joyride before returning the vehicle.
The 29-year-old University of Connecticut product was a team captain of the Huskies team that made the Final Four in 2009 before being drafted in the NBA. The 6-7 journeyman played five seasons in the NBA with Golden State, Houston, Charlotte, Milwaukee and Minnesota.
Adrien also played for the Guangdong Southern Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association. He tried out for New Orleans but was waived by the Pelicans after three games in the 2015 preseason.
Police said Adrien was waiting outside a West Hollywood hotel where he was staying when he saw a member of the hotel staff valet a Mercedes. Without a claim ticket, he managed to get the keys to the car and drove off.
After he returned the car at the hotel, Adrien was arrested on charges of grand theft auto but was later released on $25,000 bail.
The car’s owner claims the former NBA player damaged the vehicle and that it smelled of marijuana smoke.