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Former NBA All-Star Jayson Williams had another scrape with the law when he was charged with misdemeanor drunk driving after he hit a utility pole and flipped his 2012 Jeep Wrangler in the Town of Delaware hamlet of Hortonville, according to the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office. Williams, 47, was arrested following his one-car accident on county Route 121 at 11:36 p.m. Jan. 26. He was driving to his home in the hamlet of Obernburg in the Town of Fremont, county Undersheriff Eric Chaboty said.
Former NBA star Jayson Williams — the guy who shot and killed his limo driver in 2002 — was arrested in Upstate NY last week after cops say he drunkenly crashed his Jeep into a utility pole. Officials say emergency responders were called around 11:30 PM on Jan. 26th to a single car crash — and found the 47-year-old in his banged up Jeep. Williams was transported to a local hospital to be treated for injuries — and was ultimately charged with misdemeanor driving while intoxicated. You can see scrapes on his face in the mug shot. Williams was released from the hospital a short time later.
Former NBA star turned convicted felon Jayson Williams made an impassioned plea for “another chance” yesterday at a prison re-entry conference organized by Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop. Williams, 46, who spent more than two years in prison in connection with the fatal 2002 shooting of his chauffeur and an unrelated drunken driving charge, said his time in prison was hard, but his life after his 2012 release was “more difficult,“ particularly as he attempted to find a permanent place to live. “People who live in these high-rises,“ he said, gesturing to the skylines of Jersey City and Manhattan behind him, ”who once paid a significant amount of money to watch me play, didn’t want me living next door to them.“
What do you still struggle with now? Jayson Williams: I struggle with the loss of lives. The loss of Mr. Christofi and the loss of my father. An hour doesn’t go by that I don’t think about [the accident], think about how can I replay this as to bring back Mr. Christofi. … And not one person died that night, two people died. My dad had never been in the hospital in 70 years. That’s the ripple effect. I can do the time, but can my father do it? No. Can my kids do it? No. … Because of prison I haven’t seen my kids in years.
What was the hardest part about prison for you? Jayson Williams: Claustrophobia. I was never worried about a human being, I was worried about being claustrophobic. At Rikers Island, they lock the door and you hear it. [Makes a loud slamming noise.] And they double lock it. You can’t see out of the windows — they’re barred up, full of dirt and grime and there’s no light that comes through there. It was August and the walls were sweaty, and you’re locked in a cell.
What’s life been like since you’ve been out? Jayson Williams: It’s been a lot more challenging than I thought. I never imagined I’d be leaving the house at 5:30 in the morning and working 18-hour days. And I think I make it more difficult than it has to be at certain times by trying to save the world. Some days I just save the community, some days I just have to wake up and save myself. But it has to be the other way around. I never understood it on the airplane when people said, ‘Put on your own oxygen mask first,’ and I was like, ‘Why wouldn’t you want to put it on your parents or your kids first?’ You gotta get healthy first before you can truly help somebody.