Rockets' Alston due in court to answer drunken driving charge

Updated: August 13, 2008, 10:14 AM ET
Associated Press

HOUSTON -- Houston Rockets point guard Rafer Alston is due in court Thursday for arraignment on a misdemeanor drunken driving charge.

Rafer Alston


The 32-year-old NBA journeyman is free on $500 bond after his predawn arrest last Thursday. The arrest was first reported by KRIV-TV in Houston.

"We are aware of the situation and are in the process of gathering information regarding this incident," Rockets spokesman Nelson Luis said in a statement. "We will refrain from further comment at this time until we have all the details and have had time to brief our personnel who are traveling due to the Olympics."

Alston has had other brushes with the law.

Last August, Alston was charged with misdemeanor assault and public intoxication in Houston after a confrontation with a parking-lot attendant. About three weeks later, he was arrested in New York City after an alleged altercation in a nightclub, although charges in that case were later dropped.

Alston averaged 13.1 points and 5.3 assists last season.

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