DENVER – Former Nuggets player Ty Lawson pleaded guilty to driving while ability impaired and failure
to drive in a single lane Thursday in connection with a drunk driving incident that happened earlier this year.
Lawson was arrested in the early morning hours of Jan. 23 after allegedly going 60 mph in a 35 mph zone. The arresting officer said the point guard's speech was slurred, his breath smelled like alcohol and his eyes were bloodshot.
The 28-year-old admitted to police that he had a prior DUI in Missouri.
A little less than six months after he was charged with a DUI in Denver, Lawson was arrested again in Los Angeles for speeding and drunk driving. One of the conditions of his bond was that he not drink alcohol, and he began inpatient treatment at Cliffside Malibu a short time later.
A few days later, the Nuggets traded Lawson to the Houston Rockets.
Lynn Kimbrough, a spokesperson for the Denver District Attorney's Office, says Lawson is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 14.
The judge can sentence Lawson to anything from probation to up to 180 days in jail, Kimbrough said.
Selected with the 18th overall pick in 2009 by the Minnesota Timberwolves, Lawson was sent to Denver in a draft-day deal. In six seasons with the Nuggets, Lawson averaged 14 points, 7 assists, and 1 steal per game with the team.
Lawson was sent to the bench in Houston this season after averaging just 8.9 points and 5.6 assists per game. The Rockets are off to a 4-7 start.
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