Nets G Adams acquitted of drunken driving charges

Updated: October 25, 2006, 11:50 PM ET
Associated Press

TUCSON, Ariz. -- New Jersey Nets rookie guard Hassan Adams was acquitted Wednesday of drunken driving.

Adams, who starred at Arizona and was a second-round draft pick of the Nets, was arrested March 5 and cited with speeding, DUI and DUI with a blood-alcohol level of 0.08 or greater.

A Tucson City Court jury deliberated five hours before deciding that Adams could not be convicted of either DUI charge, citing doubt over his breathalyzer results.

Adams faced at least a day in jail if convicted of the DUI charge.

He declined comment after the verdict, but his attorney, Stephen Paul Barnard, said: "This was a huge weight off his shoulders. It means he can go play some basketball."

Adams, the 54th pick overall in the NBA draft, averaged 17.5 points and almost five rebounds last season. He is the only player in Pac-10 history to record 1,800 points, 700 rebounds and 200 steals.

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