Former NBA star charged with second DUI

basketball hoopWhere there’s smoke, there seems to be fire with former hoopster Jayson Williams.

The former NBA star — he played nine seasons with the Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Nets — was charged with drunk driving in the late hours of Jan. 26, 2016, near Delaware, N.Y.  Delaware is in a rural area of New York State about 95 miles from New York City and northwest of Bethel, site of 1969’s Woodstock music festival.

Williams, who turned 48 on Feb. 22, smashed his Jeep into a utility pole. He told police that he swerved to avoid hitting a deer.   Police said that Williams failed a sobriety test at the scene and had slurred speech and difficulty standing. 

TWO FORMER CONVICTIONS

Williams has had a troubled life since retiring from the NBA in 1999 because of a leg injury. He’s been in jail twice — once for a shooting, once for a prior DUI conviction.  He was found guilty of four counts of attempting to cover up the fatal shooting of Costas “Gus” Christofi, his chauffeur.  The shooting, which Williams claimed was accidental, happened at his estate in 2002.

Just days before accepting a plea deal that resulted in an 18-month prison term for the shooting, Williams crashed his car into a tree in Manhattan in 2010.

Not particularly good timing.

TMZ broke that story, reporting that Williams’ blood-alcohol level was .24 — three times the legal limit. Police who responded said he swerved across four lanes of traffic before hitting the tree.  The 6-foot-10 Williams served the 18-month sentence for the shooting in a New Jersey prison. When he was released on parole, he was transferred to Rikers Island, N.Y., prison to serve time for his DUI conviction.

After serving eight months of a one-year sentence, he was released in 2012. 

HELP IS AVAILABLE 

In Maryland, people with repeat DUI convictions face significant penalties that can include mandatory license suspension, thousands of dollars in fines and jail time.

If you are arrested and charged with a DUI, use your time wisely and seek help, especially if you have a prior DUI arrest. Contact the experienced Maryland DUI attorneys at Alpert Schreyer LLC and put their experience and skills to work for you.

For a no cost consultation call 866-444-6363.

About Andrew Alpert

+Andrew is one of the leading DUI and criminal defense attorneys in both the state of Maryland and the District of Columbia. He blogs about Maryland DUI law, has numerous videos on the subject and has been asked to appear on national television to offer his legal opinion on high-profile criminal cases.