UNC's Hairston suspended after speeding, reckless driving charges Sunday

jgiglio@newsobserver.comJuly 28, 2013 

P.J. Hairston on Sunday was cited for speeding and reckless driving while using a car registered to a woman who appears to have a connection to Hairston, the rising junior guard at North Carolina who led the Tar Heels in scoring last season.

A DMV spokeswoman confirmed on Monday that the grey 2008 Acura Hairston was driving is registered to Randi Lee Furr, who has posted several pictures of herself with Hairston on Instagram and Facebook. According to her Facebook profile, Furr lives in Charlotte. An effort to reach her on Facebook was unsuccessful.

The state highway patrol stopped Hairston on Sunday afternoon outside of Salisbury, after an officer clocked him driving 93 mph in a 65 mph zone. According to the citation, Hairston was weaving in and out of heavy traffic, and he told the officer that he “was in a hurry to get to Charlotte.”

The citation on Sunday, which represented Hairston’s third run-in with the law since May, prompted UNC coach Roy Williams to suspended Hairston indefinitely. Hairston on June 5 was arrested in Durham and charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession and driving without a license.

That arrest followed a speeding ticket he received on May 13. At the time of his arrest and on the day he received the speeding ticket, Hairston was driving rental cars that have been linked to Haydn “Fats” Thomas, a Durham resident and convicted felon who is facing felony drug and gun charges.

According to a rental car receipt from Hertz, Thomas paid for the 2013 GMC Yukon that Hairston was driving the night of his arrest. Catinia Farrington, the co-owner of Thomas’ Durham home, paid for the 2012 Camaro that Hairston was driving when he received the speeding ticket.

Hairston no longer faces the misdemeanor charges of marijuana possession and driving without a license. A Durham clerk of court said last week that both charges had been dropped. The clerk said Hairston completed a drug assessment program that led to the state dismissing the marijuana charge.

Even so, questions remain about how Hairston came to drive two rental cars linked to a convicted felon. John Infante, an NCAA compliance expert, told The News & Observer last week that the rental cars are likely an extra benefit. If that’s the case, Hairston could face a suspension of up to nine games.

Williams, the UNC coach, said in a statement earlier this month that Hairston would face “serious consequences” for his actions.

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