UNC’s Hairston suspended after speeding accusation Sunday

jgiglio@newsobserver.comJuly 29, 2013 


North Carolina's P.J. Hairston (15) 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. (Robert Willett/Raleigh News & Observer/MCT)

ROBERT WILLETT — rwillett@newsobserver.com

Another round of legal trouble for North Carolina basketball star P.J. Hairston – an accusation of driving more than 90 mph – 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 Sunday night that coach Roy Williams has suspended the junior guard indefinitely. Hairston, 20, has had two other run-ins with police since May.

On Sunday, Hairston was pulled over on Interstate 85 outside of Salisbury for driving 93 mph in a 65 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 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. He had been charged with marijuana possession and driving without a license.

Hairston was in a different vehicle 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 rentals, are connected to Haydn “Fats” Thomas, a convicted felon facing 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

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