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UNC suspends hoops star P.J. Hairston after speeding ticket

RALEIGH Another round of legal trouble for North Carolina men’s basketball star P.J. Hairston – an accusation of driving more than 90 mph – has led to an indefinite suspension.

Hairston was charged with speeding and reckless driving Sunday afternoon in Rowan County, according to 1st Sgt. Jeff Gordon of the State Highway Patrol.

UNC announced Sunday night that coach Roy Williams has suspended the junior guard indefinitely. Hairston, 20, has had two other run-ins with police since May.

On Sunday, Hairston was pulled over on Interstate 85 outside of Salisbury for driving 93 mph in a 65 zone, Gordon said in an interview Sunday night.

Hairston also was cited for careless and reckless driving and has a court date in Rowan County on Aug. 30 for the new charges.

Hairston, UNC’s leading scorer last season, was charged with speeding May 13 and is due in Durham County court Friday.

He had all charges from a June 5 arrest in Durham dismissed July 19. He had been charged with marijuana possession and driving without a license.

Hairston was in a different vehicle for each of the three traffic stops. According to the State Highway Patrol, Hairston was driving a gray 2008 Acura TL on Sunday.

The previous two vehicles, both rentals, are connected to Haydn “Fats” Thomas, a convicted felon facing rug and gun charges in Durham unrelated to Hairston’s legal issues.

There was no further information available about the car Hairston was driving Sunday.

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