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NBA Star Jayson Williams also Faces DWI Charge

By Kamika Dunlap on January 13, 2010 10:15 AM

The flurry of legal trouble continues for former NBA player Jayson Williams. To add to his guilty plea to aggravated assault in the accidental shooting of his driver, he now also has a DWI charge.

According to the Associated Press, Williams was arraigned on drunken-driving charges after his SUV struck a tree in Manhattan. Police say they charged him at the hospital.

He didn't enter a plea.

His bail was set at $10,000. He will have to wear an electronic monitoring bracelet if released

It appeared Williams may have been drinking before the accident, police said. He suffered minor injuries.

When police arrived Williams was in the passenger seat, but witnesses told police they saw him on the driver's side. Officers said no one else was in the car.

Authorities said, Williams' black Mercedes-Benz SUV veered off an exit ramp and struck a tree. Now, Williams will face a DWI charge.

Williams retired from the New Jersey Nets in 2000 after a decade in the NBA. He was unable to recover from a broken leg suffered a year earlier when he collided on court with another teammate. His was in the the second year of his six-year, $86 million contract at the time.

As previously discussesd, Williams pleaded guilty to aggravated assault in connection to the accidental killing of his limosinue driver in his bedroom finally closes the book on a case that has been dragged out for nearly eight years.

He will serve at least 18 months in prison for accidentally killing a limousine driver in his bedroom in 2002.

He also is facing a second trial in for reckless manslaughter that produced a deadlocked jury in 2004.

Williams suffered a series of further setbacks last year. His wife filed for divorce, and police used a stun gun on him in a New York hotel after a female friend said he was acting suicidal. He also was charged with assault in May after allegedly punching a man in the face outside a North Carolina bar, but charges were dropped. Lastly, in November, Williams' father, E.J., with whom he owned a construction business, died in South Carolina.

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