The rental car North Carolina basketball player P.J. Hairston was driving at the time of his June 5 arrest was rented by Haydn Thomas of Durham, according to a rental receipt obtained by USA Today.
Hairston, the Tar Heels leading scorer last season, was arrested at a license checkpoint in Durham while driving a 2013 GMC Yukon. Hairston, 20, is facing a misdemeanor charge of marijuana possession. His two passengers, Miykael Faulcon, 20, and Carlos Sanford, 23, also face misdemeanor charges of marijuana possession.
Thomas, 39, spoke with USA Today and said he doesnt know Hairston and rented the car for himself. Faulcon, a friend of Thomas, borrowed the car at the time of the arrest.
I dont know anyone at Carolina, Thomas told USA Today. I dont even like the Carolina team. Look at the age disparity between me and those boys. I could be their father.
A police report detailing the arrest said that 43.2 grams of marijuana in plastic bags, three cigars, a 9mm handgun, a magazine with nine rounds of ammunition and a rental agreement also were found at the scene. Durham police have not identified the owner of the gun.
Thomas told USA Today the gun, which was found outside the car, and marijuana were not his. Meanwhile, Thomas reportedly was arrested last December and charged with maintaining a dwelling for selling a controlled substance and possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and a firearm by a convicted felon. He also said he knows Faulcon from partying at clubs, according to USA Today. Hairston is scheduled to appear in District Court on Aug. 6.
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