Old Dominion coach Bobby Wilder announced the suspension of a Monarchs linebacker who was charged with a felony for eluding a police officer and a misdemeanor for reckless driving on a motorcycle with no registration back on May 18, according to a Chesapeake (Va.) police report.
The player Coach Wilder suspended? His 20-year old son, Derek.
“Derek Wilder has been suspended indefinitely from the team,” the elder Wilder said in a statement issued by the school, according to WVEC in Norfolk, Va.
According to the police report and court records, the younger Wilder did not immediately stop when police turned their emergency lights on, and he eventually experienced a minor accident on the motorcycle before authorities apprehended him. He was taken to the hospital to treat minor injuries, before being arrested the next day.
The linebacker redshirted his freshman season in 2015 and played sparingly last season. He was arrested alongside former ODU player Aquante Thornton. Wilder now has a preliminary hearing slated for July 11.
ODU is coming off a 10-3 season, including a season-ending victory in the Bahamas Bowl over Eastern Michigan.
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