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NC State running back Shadrach Thornton arrested Tuesday night

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Wednesday morning update: Thornton hit a pedestrian while riding his scooter, according to police. The pedestrian was not seriously injured. Via WRAL:

Raleigh police said Thornton was driving a scooter that hit Jimmie Woodard near the intersection of Avent Ferry Road and Western Boulevard at about 9:15 p.m. Woodward was not seriously injured, police said.


Update No. 2, from the N&O:

Thornton was riding his moped on the sidewalk when he struck Jimmie Woodard, 23, of Raleigh, according to Woodard's mother, Sharon. Woodard suffered lacerations in his lip and needed stitches, his mother said on Wednesday.

"I'm just grateful it wasn't worse than it could have been," Sharon Woodard said.


Wednesday update the third: photos of pedestrian's very minor-looking injuries.


Only a couple of weeks after completing a two-game suspension, NC State running back Shadrach Thornton is back in legal trouble, and this time it may mean the end of his Wolfpack football career. Thornton was arrested on Sept. 29 for a failure to give info/aid under NC statute 20-166(B). In other words, Thornton was involved in an auto accident and may have fled the scene.

Here is the statute in question:

In addition to complying with the requirements of subsections (a) and (a1) of this section, the driver as set forth in subsections (a) and (a1) shall give his or her name, address, driver's license number and the license plate number of the vehicle to the person struck or the driver or occupants of any vehicle collided with, provided that the person or persons are physically and mentally capable of receiving such information, and shall render to any person injured in such crash reasonable assistance, including the calling for medical assistance if it is apparent that such assistance is necessary or is requested by the injured person. A violation of this subsection is a Class 1 misdemeanor.

Also found this:

Hit and Run: Driver's Failure to Give Information or Assistance When Injury or Death Occurs

-          If a person is guilty of hit and run: failure to give information or assistance when injury or death occurs, then the individual is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor under N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-166(b).

I am not going to speculate about the circumstances of the incident, but what is detailed based on the charge is that someone was hurt in an accident, and Shadrach Thornton did not meet all of his responsibilities as a party to said accident.

I should note as well that Thornton is being charged with a Class-1 misdemeanor, which does not guarantee jail time but obviously is not something you want to add onto your pre-existing pile of legal problems. Thornton has had to deal with multiple legal issues during his time at NC State, including an arrest on assault charges. He was suspended for the first two games of the 2015 season for failing a drug test.

Thornton's been suspended by Dave Doeren on multiple occasions, which is why this latest misstep looks like the end of Shad's NC State career. Shad's not helping his case with stuff like this also pending:


One misdemeanor, or one moving violation, or one drug violation, and maybe that's something you can rationalize your way around. Dave Doeren's gone that far, and then some. But a pattern of legal mistakes has to have significant consequences at some point, and a suspension does not qualify.

Thornton had worked his way back into Doeren's good graces over the summer, and as much as we'd hoped that meant a harmonious 2015 season, we've not been so lucky. I just hope Shad is able to get his life sorted out at this point, because it's been an alarming couple years for a dude who comes off as bright and affable.