February 04, 2016

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.

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