UNC point guard Ty Lawson had his first court appearance continued Tuesday until early August.
Lawson faces charges of driving after consuming alcohol, violating a local noise ordinance and driving with a revoked license.
Chapel Hill police officer C. Shehan arrested Lawson, 20, at 2:33 a.m. on June 6 on North Columbia St., in the heart of town. The officer stopped Lawson, who was alone in a 2005 four-door Chevrolet with Maryland plates, after hearing loud music coming from the car, said police Capt. Chris Blue.
Shehan suspected that Lawson had been drinking, conducted a field sobriety test and found probable cause to charge him with the misdemeanors, Blue said. State law prohibits anyone under 21 from driving after drinking any amount of alcohol.
Lawson was given a Breathalyzer test, said police Capt. Jackie Carden. The arrest
and incident reports did not disclose the Breathalyzer reading, but Carden said it must have been below .08 or Lawson also would have been charged with DWI.
Lawson was taken into custody, processed and released on a written promise to appear in court today.
In an e-mail, a UNC-Chapel Hill athletics spokesman said coach Roy Williams will not comment on the arrest until Lawson's case goes through the legal process.
Lawson was convicted Sept. 14 of speeding 80 mph in a 65 mph zone in Granville County and Aug. 31 of speeding 70 mph in a 55 mph zone in Durham County, court records show.
State Division of Motor Vehicle records indicate that he failed to appear in court on several occasions.
He also was charged with speeding 68 mph in a 45 mph zone in Wake County in May 2007 but failed to come to court, according to court records.
Lawson, a junior, averaged 12.7 points for the Tar Heels, who advanced to the Final Four last season. He is one of three UNC players who entered their names into the NBA draft, but he has since announced his plan to return to school.
— Staff report