Bucknight was unconscious with a gun when DWI was arrested

CHARLOTTE, NC – Charlotte Hornets guard James Bucknight was found drunk, unconscious and carrying a rifle with his car before he was arrested Sunday morning on a DWI charge, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Department.

Police released new details about Buchnaite’s arrest on Wednesday.

Police said they were responding to reports that a person lost consciousness in his car in a Charlotte parking lot on Sunday morning, blocking the road.

According to the police report, officers saw Bucknait, 22, unconscious inside the car with the vehicle running and driving. He had the gun in his hands. Officers set up a perimeter and attempted to wake Bouknight for about an hour using a public address system, air horns, and lights.

Police said that once Bucknight woke up, he refused to comply with orders and appeared confused for several minutes. They said he ate food inside his car and then crashed into two police cars – one in front of him and one behind him.

In the end, Buchnaite got out of the car and was arrested.

A breath test later confirmed that Bouknight’s blood alcohol content was 0.14, above the North Carolina legal limit of 0.08.

Attempts to reach Buckknight’s agent Nick Blatchford for comment on Wednesday were not immediately successful.

The police report stated that Bucknight stated at the scene that he had received approximately four shots of tequila before driving home.

Officer Craig Warren said in the report that Bucknight had glassy eyes and a strong alcohol smell from his breath. Bucknight was placed under arrest on the DWI charge because he was in a public place and behind the wheel of a running car, in driving, in a traffic lane while intoxicated.

The Hornets family reiterated Wednesday that they are studying the matter and have no comment.

Bouknight got a $2,500 bail.

He is due to appear in court to answer the DWI charges on November 10.

According to court documents obtained from the Mecklenburg County Superior Court clerk, Bucknight also faces pending charges in three other separate cases.

He is due to appear in court on November 29 on charges of speeding, reckless driving and reckless neglect. He has a court date on December 6 for driving fast and recklessly to endanger. He has a court date of December 13th for his reckless driving and reckless disregard.

“I just wanted to apologize for being a pre-season distraction to my teammates and what we’ve been going through,” Bucknight, who was a first-round favorite by the Hornets in 2021, told reporters after Tuesday’s training.

He described the arrest as “disappointing”, adding: “I am trying to learn from it, be able to stay strong, move forward and keep growing.”

He also said that Steve Clifford has been supportive of him since his appointment as the Hornets coach.

“Cliff has been there for me every step of the way since he got here,” Bucknight said. “Having a coach who truly believes in you and invests in helping you and making you better means everything to me.”

Charlotte opened the regular season Wednesday night in San Antonio, and Buckknight is active for the game.

Buckknight also had an alcohol-related accident when he was a freshman at the University of Connecticut in 2019.

Police said Bucknight smelled alcohol and ran away from an officer after driving another student’s car to a road sign near the campus.

Accused of evading responsibility, interfering with police, driving without a license and driving too fast due to the circumstances, Bucknight was placed on probation, and left without a criminal record.

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