Atlanta Hawks Tyler Dorsey Charged with DUII in Oregon

Tyler Dorsey #2 of the Atlanta Hawks (Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images)
Tyler Dorsey #2 of the Atlanta Hawks (Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images) /

Atlanta Hawks rookie Tyler Dorsey was pulled over in Eugene, Oregon over the weekend and charged with driving under the influence of intoxicants, driving without lights on and open container.

According to a story from local Eugene news station KVAL, “police spotted a Land Rover Discovery on Broadway in Eugene with its lights off. The officer pulled the SUV over as the vehicle turned onto Agate Street.”

“’The vehicle came to a rolling stop, and then rolled forward again before coming to a complete stop,’” the report continued. “Upon speaking with Dorsey, the officer suspected impairment. There was an open container of alcohol on the passenger side floorboard. After an investigation, Dorsey was charged with DUII, Driving without Lights, and Open Container.”

Dorsey played for the Oregon Ducks during his college career, even piloting a team that featured himself, Jordan Bell and Dillon Brooks to the Final Four in the 2017 NCAA Tournament.

Though he saw little playing time during the start of his NBA career, Dorsey picked up a lot of minutes late in the season as the Hawks were riddled with injuries, and Dorsey made the most of his time. He finished the season averaging 7.2 points, 2.3 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.3 three-pointers made per game (4th-highest on the team).

According to a release from the Hawks, per Zach Klein of WSB, the Hawks are aware of the situation and had no comment.

Dorsey marks the most recent Hawks-related person who has run into trouble with the law. Former Coach Mike Budenholzer was charged with DUI soon after joining the team in 2013, Miles Plumlee was arrested on possession of marijuana charges in New York after being traded by the Hornets last September, Dennis Schröder could be looking at felony battery charges and DeAndre’ Bembry was arrested in February for going 73 mph over the speed limit in Atlanta.

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