Rockets point guard Ty Lawson pleads guilty to driving while impaired

Friday November 20th, 2015

Houston Rockets point guard Ty Lawson pleaded guilty Thursday to driving while impaired and a lane violation charge, according to the Associated Press

The charges are connected to Lawson’s drunken driving arrest in Denver last January. Lawson is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 14 and could face up to 180 days in jail.

Additional charges of speeding 25 to 39 miles per hour over the speed limit, driving under the influence of alcohol and careless driving were dropped. 

Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports that Lawson could face a suspension from the NBA now that a guilty plea has been submitted. However, the fact the the more serious DUI charge was dropped could mean that he will avoid punishment. 

Lawson was also arrested on suspicion of drunken driving in July, this time in Los Angeles. 

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The Rockets traded for Lawson from the Nuggets in July. He has played 34.9 minutes a night this season, averaging 8.3 points and 5.3 assists. 

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