Former UNC star PJ Hairston arrested at NC coast

(AP Photo/Nell Redmond)

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, N.C. (WECT) — Former University of North Carolina basketball player PJ Hairston was arrested on an outstanding warrant in Wrightsville Beach Wednesday.

According to Wrightsville Beach Police Chief Dan House, after a disturbance at a Wings store, a man driving Hairston’s car was stopped by officers, who asked where the car owner was.

Hairston was on the beach strand at the time of the traffic stop. During the course of the investigation, officers discovered the car’s owner — Hairston — had a warrant out of Orange County for harassing communication. House said Hairston was arrested without incident.


After being drafted by the Miami Heat with the 26th pick in the first round of the 2014 NBA draft, Hairston played parts of the 2014-15 and ’15-16 seasons with the Charlotte Hornets. In the ’15-16 season, Hairston played for the Toronto Raptors, Hornets and Memphis Grizzlies.

He is currently on the roster of the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, the Houston Rockets’ NBA Developmental League team in Texas.

During the 2012-13 season at UNC, Hairston averaged 14.6 points and 4.3 rebounds per game for a Tar Heel team that went 25-11.

In 2015, Hairston was cited in Charlotte for driving with a revoked license, speeding, driving left of center and having expired tags. In 2013, he was arrested for misdemeanor marijuana possession and driving without a license.

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