Nuggets’ leading scorer Ty Lawson arrested on suspicion of DUI

Ty Lawson (3) ranks second in the NBA with 9.9 assists per game.

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Denver Nuggets starting point guard Ty Lawson was arrested late Thursday night on suspicion of DUI, Denver police announced.

Lawson was pulled over for driving 60 mph in a 30-mph zone, according to the Denver Post. The arresting officer said Lawson’s speech was slurred, he admitted to drinking before driving and failed a field sobriety test.

After being arrested, Lawson reportedly admitted to having a previous DUI in Missouri. Lawson participated in a team-sponsored charity event earlier in the night.

"We have been made aware of an incident involving Ty Lawson early this morning," the Nuggets said in a statement. "Per team policy and out of respect for the legal process, we will have no further comment at this time."

Lawson is second in the NBA this season with 9.9 assists per game and also leads the Nuggets in scoring with 16.7 points per game.

The Nuggets played without Lawson, who was away from the team for what the club said were personal reasons, Friday in a 100-99 home loss to the Boston Celtics.

Jameer Nelson, acquired from Boston in exchange for Nate Robinson in a Jan. 13 trade, had 23 points in his first start for the Nuggets in place of Lawson. But with Tayshaun Prince guarding him tightly, he missed a mid-range jumper at the buzzer that would have beaten his former team.