Jovani Haskins, A WVU football player, allegedly ran from the cops before parking and disappearing.
Jovani Lee Haskins, 21, of Bergenfield, N.J., is charged with reckless driving, fleeing from an officer and driving on the left side of the road — all misdemeanors — by the WVU Police Department.
A WVU police officer spotted a white Audi A4 speeding on University Avenue about 3:15 a.m. July 28, according to a criminal complaint. The officer saw the car almost strike another vehicle in the turning lane of University and Campus avenues.
The officer activated his emergency lights but the vehicle continued on at a high rate of speed and crossed the center line “multiple times.” A second officer saw the same car speed down University Avenue before it passed another car using the turning lane and moved into the oncoming traffic lane.
After getting stuck in traffic, the Audi turned down Ensign Avenue and parked in the Metro Towers parking area, the criminal complaint said. The driver got out and ran away.
The car’s registration was cross referenced with WVU parking records, which showed citations to Haskins. Haskins matched the description of the suspect who fled and his student ID card was found inside the vehicle.
Haskins was arraigned in Monongalia County Magistrate Court on Aug. 2 by Senior Status Magistrate Darris Summers. Bond was set at $2,500 and has been posted.
“We are aware of the situation, and it will be handled appropriately and in accordance with West Virginia University’s policies and procedures surrounding student conduct,” coach Neal Brown said in an official team release.
Appearing on the Mackey Award watchlist, Haskins is expected to be the top tight end for the Mountaineers after the loss of Trevon Wesco, who was drafted by the New York Jets in April. Haskins caught 16 passes for 148 yards and a touchdown in 2018.
Haskins has been practicing with the team during training camp, although he has been limited to non-contact drills.
Ryan McCollum, 20, of Spring, is also accused of evading a police officer on a bicycle who attempted to stop the sophomore offensive lineman. A Texas A&M police officer observed McCollum in a 2012 Ford pickup truck driving recklessly southbound on Throckmorton Street near Short Street.
The officer says McCollum almost struck another vehicle while driving through an area with pedestrians, then accelerated rapidly around the vehicle. As the officer attempted to catch up to the truck, employees working traffic control told the officer the truck also traveled recklessly around them on Throckmorton near Lewis Street.
The officer says he finally caught up to McCollum in traffic at the intersection of Throckmorton at George Bush Drive and activated his lights and bike horns, but the officer said McCollum accelerated quickly onto George Bush Drive after the light turned green.
East Carolina football defensive end Chandon Hickerson was charged with three misdemeanors last weekend.
The Greenville Police Department arrest report shows Hickerson was arrested Sunday at 5:41 a.m. on Greenville Boulevard and charged with resisting a public officer, reckless driving to endanger and failure at stop sign/flashing red light. He had a secured bond of $1,000.
An ECU football spokesman said Tuesday afternoon that head coach Scottie Montgomery has talked with Hickerson and is in the process of gathering additional information.
Hickerson made 15 total tackles in nine games as a freshman in 2017.
Alex Bookser, a University of Pittsburgh football player is facing charges in connection with a police chase and crash this past weekend, court documents show.Bookser was taken into custody early Sunday.Police said the Panther was driving erratically through Oakland. According to a criminal complaint, he hit a parked car on Demple Street, then hit a moving car on Fresco Way. Next, he ran a stop sign and when officers tried to pull him over, his SUV kept going, police said.