Judge Orders Program For UConn Player To Erase Charges

Matt Dwyer
November 18, 2019 - 4:29 pm

NCAA basketballs sit on the court during practice prior to the 2019 NCAA men's Final Four at U.S. Bank Stadium on April 5, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

(WTIC-AM) -- In Rockville Superior Court today, a judge allowed a UConn men's basketball player to enter a pretrial program that will erase criminal charges from his record, if he completes the program and stays out of trouble for a year. 

Freshman guard James Bouknight was in a single-car crash near campus back in September. 

The states attorney said police smelled alcohol when they approached Bouknight after the 1:30 am crash. 

Bouknight allegedly ran away while police were trying to talk to him. 

Officers identified the young man from his photo on the basketball team roster.

Defense attorney Rob Britt says his 19-year-old client had a lapse of judgment.

"This is going to be an ongoing learning experience for him," Britt said. "It is not just something that he can move past.  He carries it with him, and I don't think that is the worst thing in the world."

Speaking to the judge, Bouknight said he made a terrible mistake. 

He apologized to his friends, family, teammates, and to his coach.

Bouknight has been suspended for the first three games of the season because of his arrest.