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

Jayson Williams Acquitted On Manslaughter Charge

SOMMERVILLE, NJ - APRIL 30: Former NBA player Jayson Williams, (C) stands with defense attorneys Billy Martin (L) and Joseph Hayden as the jury foreman reads the verdicts in Williams’ manslaughter trial at the Somerset County Courthouse April 30, 2004 in Somerville, New Jersey. Williams was acquitted of the most serious charge of aggravated manslaughter in the shooting death of Costas “Gus” Christofi. He was found guilty on four counts, hindering apprehension or prosecution, tampering with evidence, tampering with a witness and fabricating evidence and the jury could not reach a verdict on a reckless manslaughter charge. (Photo by Frank H. Conlon-Pool/Getty Images)

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DELAWARE, N.Y. (AP) -- 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 (bit.ly/1TG5igD) 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.

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.