Ex-NBA All-Star Jayson Williams charged with drunken driving

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DELAWARE, N.Y. — Former NBA All-Star Jayson Williams, who served more than a year in prison for the 2002 accidental shooting death of a limo driver, has been charged with drunken driving after he crashed his vehicle in upstate New York.

The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office tells the Times Herald-Record of Middletown that Williams was driving home on the night of Jan. 26 when he hit a utility pole along a road in the rural town of Delaware, 95 miles northwest of New York City.

Jayson Williams, seen here in 1996 during a New Jersey Nets game against the Dallas Mavericks at the Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo: Getty Images)

Jayson Williams, seen here in 1996 during a New Jersey Nets game against the Dallas Mavericks at the Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo: Getty Images)

Police says the 47-year-old Williams was charged with driving while intoxicated.
Williams told deputies he swerved to avoid hitting a deer. Officials say Williams had difficulty standing, slurred his speech and failed a field sobriety test.

Williams retired from the New Jersey Nets in 1999.