Former Nuggets guard Ty Lawson gets probation in DWAI case

DENVER - Former Denver Nuggets guard Ty Lawson was sentenced Tuesday for a drunk driving case in Colorado.

While Lawson faced up to 180 days in jail, he was sentenced to one year of probation with monitored sobriety, 48 hours of community service and 52 hours of alcohol education and treatment.  He was also ordered to pay fines and court costs of $1,571.

Court records show the former Denver Nuggets guard was charged with drunken driving, speeding and other offenses in January 2015 but pleaded guilty in November 2015 to driving while ability impaired and a lane violation.

Lawson was stopped at 1:19 a.m. while traveling 61 mph in a 35 mph zone on Park Avenue West in Denver, according to a Denver police report.

The officer noted that Lawson's speech was slurred, his "breath had a strong odor of an unknown alcoholic beverage, balance was swaying/stumbling, eyes were bloodshot/watery." He refused to submit to a chemical test and was taken to the downtown detention center.

Lawson had attended a charity event at the Punch Bowl Social on Broadway before his arrest.

The Indiana Pacers signed the point guard earlier this year despite his troubled past.

In January, when Lawson was with the Houston Rockets, Lawson was suspended for three games without pay for a drunk-driving case in California.

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