Kearney hit two students around 2 a.m. on August 17, 2008.
Police said he was driving down Columbia Street in Chapel Hill towards Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. when his SUV ran off the road and struck a rock wall, hitting two student pedestrians.
It was reported that his blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit.
Authorities charged him with two counts of felonious serious injury by vehicle, DWI, felony hit-and-run, underage drinking and driving and having two fake IDs.
The victims withdrew from school to recover from their injuries.
The tennis player did not complete his fall semester of school and returned to California.
Officials said Kearney could face up to 12 years in prison.