Adding to a catalog of legal troubles, former New Jersey Nets star Jayson Williams was charged with drunken driving in Manhattan early yesterday after crashing his SUV into a tree, police said. Williams, awaiting retrial on a reckless manslaughter charge in the 2002 shooting of a limousine driver, suffered facial cuts and a broken bone in his neck in the 3:15 a.m. crash, according to a law enforcement official with knowledge of the case. The official spoke on condition of anonymity.
Williams was not paralyzed by the neck injury, the New York Daily News reported. Police said Williams, driving a black Mercedes-Benz SUV, struck the tree after veering off an exit ramp of the FDR Drive at East 20th Street.
Responding officers found him sitting in the passenger seat, and authorities said he told them someone else was driving, a claim countered by witnesses to the crash. He refused to take a Breathalyzer test, police said.
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