Jayson Williams faces drunken-driving charges

DELAWARE, N.Y. -- Former NBA All-Star Jayson Williams, who served more than a year in prison for the 2002 accidental shooting death of a limo driver, has been charged with drunken driving after he crashed his vehicle in New York.

The Sullivan County Sheriff's Office tells the Times Herald-Record of Middletown that Williams was driving home on the night of Jan. 26 when he hit a utility pole along a road in the rural town of Delaware, 95 miles northwest of New York City.

Police say Williams, 47, was charged with driving while intoxicated.

Williams told deputies he swerved to avoid hitting a deer. Officials say Williams had difficulty standing, slurred his speech and failed a field sobriety test.

In 2010, Williams was convicted of driving while intoxicated after he drove his car into a tree.

Williams retired from the New Jersey Nets in 1999.