UNC guard P.J. Hairston suspended

PJ Hairston (Photo courtesy of UNC)
July 29, 2013 12:46:02 PM PDT
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill guard P.J. Hairston has been suspended from the basketball team following another run in with the law.

Hairston was suspended indefinitely by UNC Head Basketball Coach Roy Williams on Sunday.

The 20 year old was pulled over around 4:15 p.m. Sunday and charged with speeding and careless and reckless driving.

According to a copy of the citation obtained by ABC11, Hairston was stopped on Interstate 85 South near Salisbury in Rowan County, driving 93 miles per hour in a 65 mile per hour zone.

The officer that stopped him noted in the citation that Hairston "stated he was in a hurry to get to Charlotte" and thought the speed limit was 70 mile per hour. Hairston was also said to be weaving in and out of traffic.

ABC11 has learned that the owner of the car he was driving is a young woman who has identified herself as his girlfriend on social media. The owner of the car is key because Hairston's last speeding ticket involved a Camaro rented by a man currently facing drug charges in Durham.

All of this comes a week after all the charges in connection with his June 5 arrest following a stop at a license check in Durham were dismissed.

According to court documents, charges for possession of marijuana and driving without a license were dropped after Hairston completed a drug assessment, as well as showed his current driver's license.

Williams had issued a statement about that incident - saying there would "be serious consequences."

"PJ and I have had several discussions already and he knows he has made serious mistakes and there will be serious consequences as a result," Williams said in part on July 15, before the charges in Durham were later dropped. "Certainly the idea of suspending PJ has been discussed. However, he is not currently enrolled in summer school, is not practicing with the team and we have no games until November. There are several options available in terms of discipline but we are going to wait until the process is complete to decide on those options."

Hairston was also cited for speeding in May, according to Durham authorities. A month earlier, he confirmed he would be returning to UNC for another season after considering going to the NBA.

Meanwhile, UNC's Athletics Department tells ABC11 that no changes have been made to Hairston's scholarship while he's on suspension.

Hairston is scheduled to appear in court on August 30.

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