Tar Heel basketball star P.J. Hairston faces drug, license charges

Jun. 06, 2013 @ 06:06 PM

North Carolina basketball player Samuel Peterson “P.J.” Hairston Jr. was arrested Wednesday night at a license checkpoint in Durham for possession of marijuana.

Hairston, a rising junior who led the Tar Heels in scoring in the 2012-13 season, was also charged with driving without a license, according to Durham police.

Hairston, 20, who listed his address as being on Kristen Drive in Oak Ridge, was in a vehicle with Miykael Lael Israel Faulcon. 20, of Durham and Carlos Devone Sanford, 23, of Durham. He was stopped at the checkpoint on Holloway Street, according to police.

Each man signed for a $1,000 unsecured bond.

The warrants for their arrests said each was arrested without a warrant and the arrest was justified because there was probable cause to believe each willfully possessed one-half ounce or less of marijuana.

The three men are scheduled to appear in Durham County Court at 9 a.m. Aug. 6.

A police spokeswoman described the volume of marijuana involved as a “small amount.”

Team spokesman Steve Kirschner said UNC coach Roy Williams and director of athletics Bubba Cunningham are aware of the situation, but had no comment.

“We’re currently looking into it to gather the facts,” Kirschner wrote in an e-mail. “We will issue a statement when we have enough information to do so.”

Hairston, a Greensboro native, entered the starting lineup for the final 13 games this past season and averaged 18.2 points per game. He considered entering the NBA after his late-season surge, but announced on April 12 that he would return for his junior year.

“I value the experiences I have had over the past two years in Chapel Hill, and hope to continue to grow under Coach Roy (Williams’) guidance,” Hairston said in a statement released by the school after his decision.

Faulcon played basketball at Hillside High School and is a rising sophomore at Elizabeth City State, where he was named to the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association all-rookie team. Sanford played basketball at Riverside High School.