STAFFORD, Va. (AP) -- North Carolina running back Daniel Davis returned to Virginia on Thursday, hoping to clear up a probation violation. Instead, he ended up in jail.
During a Circuit Court hearing, Davis, 19, was ordered to serve six days but could be released on good behavior after three. Davis rushed for a Group AAA-record 7,080 yards for Brooke Point High School and was selected Virginia's AAA player of the year by The Associated Press.
On July 23, he was convicted of failing to appear in court on a traffic violation issued while he was still in high school, court records show. He received a 10-day suspended jail sentence, was ordered to perform 50 hours of community service and pay $36 in court costs. Stafford County Commonwealth's Attorney Daniel M. Chichester said Davis made no arrangements to perform the community service, had missed all five of his scheduled phone calls from his probation officer and failed to pay the court. Facing extradition, Davis came home.
``He was given every opportunity to comply, but he never did,'' Chichester said. The penalty, worked out beforehand by Chichester and Davis' lawyer, Phillip Sasser, also obligates Davis to perform his community service here during North Carolina's spring break. Officials said Davis mostly likely would do the work at a regional landfill.
``I'm very disappointed Daniel did not properly attend to his legal situation. He turned something that began as a traffic violation into a serious issue,'' North Carolina coach Carl Torbush said in a statement. ``I have made it clear to him, as well as our entire team, that situations such as this will not be tolerated.'' .
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North Carolina running back Daniel Davis has reportedly run into legal problems again, this time within the borders of Chapel Hill.
The Greensboro News & Record reported Friday morning that Orange County court records indicated the rising sophomore received a citation on March 25 for possession of a malt beverage by an underage person. The early morning incident occurred shortly after the basketball Tar Heels big win over Tennessee in the NCAA Tournament.
Davis was not jailed for the violation and the newspaper indicated a court date for the incident would take place June 26. Davis, a native of Stafford, Va., is 20 years old.
A former high school All-American at Brooke Pointe (Va.) High, Davis ran into legal problems this past summer when he was sentenced to probation for not paying a series of traffic tickets. He was arrested on Feb. 17, 2000 for not meeting the terms of his probation and spent three days in a Virginia jail.
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FOUR DOWNS are all you usually get in football. If you can't make sufficient progress in four shots, you have to give up the ball.
Since leaving Brooke Point High School as a can't-miss prospect in 1999, Daniel Davis has made three college stops. At each, he has been tripped up more often off the field than on it.
Now, the NFL's Indianapolis Colts have given Davis another shot at football's highest level--even though he's done little in college to deserve it.
It's fourth down.
Davis' long and winding road "has made me appreciate everything a lot more," he said this week. "It showed me I had an opportunity most people don't get, and I [threw] it away by not doing everything I was supposed to. If I had, I could have been in the NFL by now."
Instead, Davis is a 24-year-old free agent who'll attend the Colts' minicamp today, hoping to impress coach Tony Dungy and earn an invitation to training camp later this summer.
It speaks volumes about Davis' awesome athletic ability that any team would even consider a running back who's carried just 37 times in the past three years--let alone one who's run into recurring legal and academic trouble.
"He's always shown an ability to be a tremendous football player," said Michael Smith, Kansas State's running-backs coach. "But he's run into off-field issues. He's had to show he can handle his business, and by doing that, he's gotten a second chance again."
Amid great fanfare, Davis signed with North Carolina in February 1999. He lasted one season in Chapel Hill, kicked off a mediocre team by a coach (Carl Torbush) who later got fired. Poor grades and charges of credit card fraud and underage possession of alcohol overshadowed Davis' performance. He even spent weekends in jail because he didn't show up for hearings after being stopped for driving on a suspended license.
He landed at Garden State (Kan.) Community College and led the Broncbusters to the 2000 junior-college national championship game. But he failed to complete his degree and had to sit out the 2001 season before transferring to Kansas State.
He played as a backup in 2002. But last summer, Davis was charged with two counts of theft. Then his college career ended when his grade from a summer-school course wasn't turned in on time, making him ineligible under Big 12 Conference rules.
Still, the Colts outbid the New York Giants, Cleveland Browns and Kansas City Chiefs to get Davis into camp. They need a backup to Pro Bowler Edgerrin James, and Davis is the biggest and fastest (if not the most experienced) candidate to unseat injury-prone reserve Domonic Rhodes.
"If he gets the opportunity this weekend and it works out, he should thank the Lord that he got another chance," Smith said.
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