UNC suspends P.J. Hairston after speeding ticket

joe.giglio@newsobserver.comJuly 28, 2013 


North Carolina's P.J. Hairston comes out of the game during the final minute of play against Kansas during the NCAA Tournament at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri, Sunday, March 24, 2013. Kansas beat North Carolina, 70-58.


Another round of legal trouble for North Carolina basketball star P.J. Hairston has led to an indefinite suspension.

Hairston was charged with speeding and reckless driving in Rowan County on Sunday afternoon, according to 1st Sgt. Jeff Gordon of the State Highway Patrol.

UNC announced on Sunday night that coach Roy Williams has suspended the junior guard indefinitely. USA Today first reported Hairston's traffic citation on Sunday. Hairston, 20, has had two other legal charges since May.

On Sunday, Hairston was pulled over on Interstate 85 outside of Salisbury for driving 93 miles per hour in a 65 mile-per-hour zone, Gordon said in an interview Sunday night.

Hairston was also cited for careless and reckless driving and has a court date in Rowan County on Aug. 30 for the new charges.

Hairston, UNC's leading scorer last season, was also charged with speeding on May 13 and is due in Durham County court on Friday.

Hairston had all charges from a June 5 arrest in Durham dismissed on July 19. Hairston had been charged with marijuana possession and driving without a license.

Hairston has been stopped in three different vehicles in each of the three traffic stops. According to the State Highway Patrol, Hairston was driving a gray 2008 Acura TL on Sunday.

The previous two vehicles, both rental cars, are connected to Haydn "Fats" Thomas, a convicted felon who is facing felony drug and gun charges in Durham unrelated to Hairston's legal issues.

There was no further information available about the car Hairston was driving on Sunday.

Giglio: 919-829-8938

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