Law­son de­nies pro­ba­tion vi­o­la­tions

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Jesse Paul

Ty Law­son, the former Nuggets point guard who now plays for the Sacramento Kings, ap­peared in a Den­ver court Thurs­day and de­nied al­le­ga­tions he vi­o­lated his pro­ba­tion af­ter plead­ing guilty in 2015 to driv­ing while his abil­ity was im­paired.

The 29-year-old, through his at­tor­ney, Har­vey Stein­berg, asked that he be mon­i­tored by an al­co­hol test­ing de­vice in the time be­fore his next court hear­ing in six weeks.

“We want to get on that (de­vice) so Mr. Law­son can prove” he’s not us­ing al­co­hol, Stein­berg told the court.

Den­ver court records al­lege Law­son, while be­ing su­per­vised in Cal­i­for­nia, tested pos­i­tive for al­co­hol on Sept. 27, Sept. 29 and Feb. 2.

The court doc­u­ments also al­lege that Law­son failed to com­plete the com­mu­nity-ser­vice por­tion of his sen­tence. As a con­di­tion of his pro­ba­tion, he was to serve 48 hours of com­mu­nity ser­vice. He also was re­quired to re­ceive 52 hours of ther­apy.

Stein­berg, how­ever, told The Den­ver Post ear­lier this month that Law­son has com­pleted the com­mu­nity ser­vice. He de­clined to com­ment af­ter Thurs­day’s hear­ing.

Law­son pleaded guilty in Novem­ber 2015 to one count of driv­ing while abil­ity im­paired and fail­ing to drive in a sin­gle lane. Charges of speed­ing 25 to 39 mph over the speed limit, driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol and care­less driv­ing were dis­missed.

Four months ear­lier, as the Den­ver case was pend­ing, Law­son was ar­rested in Los An­ge­les on sus­pi­cion of driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol. He was pulled over af­ter an of­fi­cer spot­ted him trav­el­ing “at a high rate of speed.”

At the time of his Cal­i­for­nia ar­rest, Law­son had been barred from con­sum­ing al­co­hol as part of pre­trial re­lease con­di­tions in the Den­ver case.

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