|Pacers F Williams arrested on marijuana possession charge|
|Written by Admin|
|Tuesday, 11 September 2007 08:45|
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -Indiana Pacers forward Shawne Williams was arrested Tuesday on charges of marijuana possession and driving without a license after an officer pulled over a sport utility vehicle for making an illegal lane change.|
Williams, the Pacers' first-round draft pick last year from Memphis, was booked into the Marion County Jail on initial charges of possession of marijuana, driving without a license, driving with an expired license plate and failure to signal a lane change, police said.
He was released Tuesday afternoon, but did not speak with reporters as he left the jail.
Pacers president Larry Bird said in a statement that the team was ``extremely disappointed'' with Williams' arrest.
``Although the legal process needs to be followed, we will not accept Shawne putting himself in this position, regardless of innocence or guilt,'' Bird said. ``This was clearly a bad and unacceptable decision. We will be meeting with Shawne at some point to discuss this and pursue any disciplinary action we can take.''
Telephone messages were left for Williams' agent, Bill McCandless.
Williams was driving the SUV, which was carrying two other men, when it was pulled over for changing lanes without signaling about 12:45 a.m., said Sgt. Matthew Mount, a city police spokesman.
When Williams rolled down the driver's side window, the officer detected a strong odor of marijuana, Mount said. Another officer later found a smoldering cigar-sized marijuana cigarette in the vehicle's ash tray, he said.
Both Williams and the front seat passenger, Roosevelt Rollins, of Memphis, Tenn., were arrested on marijuana possession charges.
``The guy in the front passenger seat, Mr. Rollins, said the marijuana was his and Mr. Williams denied knowledge of the marijuana even being in his car even though you could obviously smell the odor of burnt marijuana,'' Mount said.
Mount said Williams had no driver's license and instead handed the officer a Tennessee identification card. He said the SUV's license plate had expired in July.
The SUV's back seat passenger was arrested on charges of carrying a gun without a license and theft, as the 9 mm handgun had been reported stolen in Collierville, Tenn., according to a police report.
The 6-foot-9 Williams averaged 3.9 points and 1.8 rebounds in 46 games last season for the Pacers.
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