Police report: Hairston got rental from 'Fats'
Posted July 12, 2013
Updated July 13, 2013
WRAL News has learned that notes taken by Durham Police when they cited North Carolina basketball player P.J. Hairston counter the claim of a Durham man that he didn’t know Hairston would be driving the vehicle.
Hairston, Miykael Faulcon, a basketball player at Elizabeth City State, and 23-year-old Carlos Sanford were pulled over at a license check point in Durham on June 5 in a rented silver GMC Yukon. Hairston, who was driving the rented silver Yukon, was cited with driving without a license and possession of marijuana.
The man who rented the car, Haydn “Fats” Thomas, 39, returned it to Hertz near Raleigh-Durham International Airport on June 5, paying $1,261.64 according to USA Today. Thomas told WRAL that he let Faulcon borrow the car and that Faulcon, a friend of Hairston's, let Hairston drive.
According to sources familiar with police notes on the traffic stop, Hairston told police a man he referred to as "Fats" gave him the car to visit friends in Atlanta.
Hairston has been pulled over twice in rental vehicles traced to Thomas’ address, raising questions about possible NCAA violations. On May 13 Hairston was pulled over for speeding in a vehicle rented by Thomas’ wife Catinia Farrington. Farrington rented the Chevrolet Camaro for 54 days ending June 17, at a cost of $3,249 according to USA Today reports.
Thomas said Tuesday he knows Hairston but he really doesn't "know" him and calls them just passing acquaintances. He said that there is nothing criminal, and certainly no NCAA violation, regarding his ties to Hairston. A statement from the NCAA received Monday stated that they "cannot comment on potential investigations."
During the stop Hairston denied smoking marijuana and said he had not smoked that day, according to the police notes. After being questioned further, Hairston admitted to being a "recreational" smoker but that he does not smoke to get high. Police noted that Hairston told them it had been about two weeks since he had smoked marijuana.
The arrest report also stated that a 9-mm handgun and a magazine with nine rounds of ammunition were found alongside the vehicle during the stop. All three men in the vehicle denied throwing anything out of the car prior to the checkpoint.
According to the police notes, Hairston said there was nothing in the vehicle when he picked it up and that he had checked the glove box to make sure.