NBA First Draft Pick James Bouknight Arrested on Suspicion of DUI

Yahoo! News reports that second-year guard James Bouknight of the Charlotte Hornets was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol early Sunday, October 16.

According to a statement, the 22-year-old Bouknight was placed under arrest by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Officers at approximately 1:51 .a.m.   Bouknight was later released the same day on a $2,500 bond.

In a statement to reporters, Hornets coach Steve Clifford and officials for the Hornets said, “We are just gathering information right now. Until we know more definitely on what happened, I cannot comment on that.”

Court documents indicate that Bouknight had been arrested in September 2019 on similar charges while he was a freshman at the University of Connecticut.  

In the previous incident, Bouknight crashed a vehicle borrowed from a friend into a street sign. When police officers arrived at the scene, officers reported that Bouknight smelled strongly of alcohol. When asked for identification, Bouknight fled the scene. He later turned himself in to police to face charges of property damage, interfering with a police officer, evading police, driving too fast for road conditions, and driving without a license.  

Bouknight was sentenced to one year of probation following the incident.

On Wednesday, the Hornets are scheduled for an opening game against the San Antonio Spurs. It is unclear whether Bouknight, who averages 9.8 minutes and 4.6 points per game will be allowed to play.

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