All-State HS football player KP Parks(West Rowan HS) in the middle of a mess in Davie County

Posted by Andy Durham on May 4, 2010 at 11:04 am under College, High School | Comments are off for this article


K.P. Parks, who led West Rowan High School’s football team to a 3A state championship, was charged with resisting, obstructing and delaying an officer by the Davie County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday night. He was also charged with two traffic violations by the N.C. Highway Patrol.

Parks, a West Rowan senior, went to the Davie County Hospital, at his request, to be checked out.

The incident reportedly started several miles outside Mocksville when an off-duty Highway Patrol trooper and his wife were riding a motorcycle north on U.S. 601.

Sgt. Jorge Brewer, a spokesman in the Highway Patrol’s Raleigh office, said Trooper M.C. Howell reported that a vehicle drove up behind him “at a very close proximity — unreasonably close.”

The vehicle then passed the trooper’s motorcycle in a no-passing zone, Brewer said.

Over the next few miles, Howell reported observing the vehicle weaving within the northbound lane and following too closely.

Howell continued to follow the vehicle to Scenic Drive, where it turned into a private drive and stopped.

Howell’s wife had called communications and asked for assistance, Brewer said, and a patrolman and a Davie County deputy were dispatched.

Brewer said the trooper identified himself and showed Parks his badge.

Howell described Parks’ behavior as erratic and said that Parks told the trooper he couldn’t do anything out of uniform, according to Brewer.

According to the Highway Patrol spokesman, the scuffle ensued and Parks was shot with the Taser as Howell was assisting a Davie County deputy in trying to handcuff Parks.

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More on Parks:
Parks, North Carolina’s all-time leading rusher and considered one of the top running backs in the country, has piled up honors, including being named the Old Spice National Player of the Year in 2009.

He has signed to attend the University of Virginia on a football scholarship.

Mike London, Virginia’s head football coach, could not be reached for comment Monday. His administrative assistant said he would be off campus for several days.

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