P.J. Hairston suspended indefinitely after traffic citation

P.J. Hairston when he played for UNC.

P.J. Hairston when he played for UNC.

ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. — UNC officials announced that North Carolina basketball star P.J. Hairston was suspended indefinitely on Sunday, hours after being cited for reckless driving.

USA Today reported the 20-year-old shooting guard was allegedly driving a 2008 Acura TL 93 mph in a 65 mph zone.

He was charged with speeding and careless and reckless driving after being pulled over Sunday outside of Salisbury.

Authorities said Hairston was driving southbound on Interstate 85 when he was pulled over around 4:30 p.m. by the State Highway Patrol.

Hairston has an Aug. 30 court date in Rowan County. The citation represents the latest off-court incident for Hairston.

Hairston had been cited twice in the span of a month while driving a rental vehicle linked to a convicted felon.

Hairston previously was cited for speeding in a 2012 Camaro on May 13. He was arrested June 5 after being stopped by police who said 43.2 grams of marijuana and a handgun were found during the traffic stop.

The Greensboro native was charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana and driving without a license. A Durham court clerk announced last week that the charges in the June case would be dismissed.

Coach Roy Williams issued a statement earlier this month saying there would “be serious consequences” as a result of Hairston’s arrest.

Hairston was the Tar Heels’ leading scorer last season. He finished his sophomore season in 2013 averaging 14.6 points in 34 games.

Read more: USA Today


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