UNC Point Guard Charged With Driving After Consuming Alcohol

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina point guard Ty Lawson
has been charged with driving after consuming alcohol after a
traffic stop in downtown Chapel Hill.

According to Chapel Hill Police Capt. Jackie Carden, Lawson was stopped early Friday morning because of the loud music coming from the car. The car smelled of alcohol and a field sobriety test led the officer to file charges. Lawson is under age 21.

Lawson also was charged with violating the city's noise ordinance and driving with a suspended or revoked license, police said. He was taken into custody and later released. Lawson is scheduled to appear in court July 8.

He was one of three North Carolina players who declared for the 2008 NBA draft. Lawson has not hired an agent, meaning he could return to school for his junior season.

Lawson attended the NBA predraft workouts last week in Florida with teammates Wayne Ellington and Danny Green. On Wednesday, he worked out for the Indiana Pacers.

Lawson helped the Tar Heels reach the Final Four, where they lost to eventual national champion Kansas in the semifinals.


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  • by Cactus Location: Strabane,NC on Jun 7, 2008 at 02:47 PM
    I hope he is "tuff" enough to take a slap on the back of his hand.
  • by Blog Refuter Location: NC on Jun 6, 2008 at 09:57 PM
    He also received a ticket in his home state of Maryland for driving without a license, which he lost due to failure to appear in court for a speeding violation. North Carolina doesn't play that. However, they don't think it's likely that this will affect his possibility of being drafted in the first round.
  • by Chris Location: Greenville on Jun 6, 2008 at 08:53 PM
    Its sad that he has so much talent, with so little respect for himself or others. "Why why why", there is no need to be "Mad" at anything! He is a college student, THOUSANDS of college students drink every night! He might not have bought the alcohol, someone he knows might have bought it? there are more ways than one to get alcohol, when your a college kid you figure those things out! And to the others, this is "News" because these UNC and ECU athletes are in the spotlight within our community! If this was some jon doe off the street we would care less! These kids are on our tv sets, on our posters and t-shirts, etc.. Same goes for if a public official or someone with an important position were to get a DWI, it would be news because of who they are!
  • by Blog Refuter Location: NC on Jun 6, 2008 at 04:11 PM
    I agree, anonymous. I also agree with "UNC fan".
  • by Anonymous on Jun 6, 2008 at 11:12 AM
    Again I must ask would this be news if he did not play sports. Wouldn't you think all college students who drink and drive deserve the same publicity. It's only news because he attends UNC just like our football players at ECU
  • by just a question on Jun 6, 2008 at 10:27 AM
    was he actually charged with DWI? I saw the police report and could not figure out if he actually got a DWI; only that alcohol had been consumed.
  • by why,why,why Location: New Bern on Jun 6, 2008 at 09:44 AM
    why didn't he get charged for the under 21 law?? This makes me so mad...and why aren't they trying to find out who is selling to minors so we can SHUT SOME OF THESE PLACES DOWN.. I AM MAD..
  • by UNC fan on Jun 6, 2008 at 09:15 AM
    Another young person with the world at their fingertips making a stupid mistake. Think young people, THINK.
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