LATEST: Basketball legend Dennis Rodman has escaped charges over an unpaid garage bill, after an anonymous female fan stepped in to help keep the star out of trouble.

Rodman allegedly failed to pay the bill last month (JUL05) at a petrol station while he was driving his Lamborghini through Colorado in a charity rally race.

Police chief TERRY WILSON said authorities were preparing paperwork on the case, but contacted the store to see if Rodman, ex-husband of Carmen Electra, had paid the bill and found that a woman, who did not identify herself, had covered it.

Wilson says, "Since they accepted payment, that was the end of any involvement by this department. As long as our local business was made whole and they're happy with that, I'm happy too."

A clerk at the Tomahawk Auto Truck Plaza told police that Rodman tried on a cowboy hat, said he liked it, signed an autograph, then put $20 (GBP11) on the counter for his petrol bill. However, his gas bill was more than $40 (GBP22) and the clerk told police Rodman didn't pay for the hat either.

Neither Rodman nor his agent, DARREN PRINCE, we aware that someone had paid the bill. Rodman had offered to pay the gas station, but Prince said he never heard from the store or police.