Hairston was driving friend's car
The car that suspended UNC basketball player P.J. Hairston was driving Sunday when he was stopped for speeding and reckless driving is jointly registered to a 21-year-old woman and a 73-year-old man.
North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles records show the gray 2008 Acura, with vanity plates MISSRLEE, is registered to Randi Lee Furr, 21, of Stanfield in Stanly County and Donald Gene Sullivan, 73, of Shallotte in Brunswick County.On her Twitter and Instagram accounts, Furr is shown in photos with Hairston and indications are they are friends. She has referred to him as a boyfriend and has posted about visiting him in Chapel Hill over the past month.
According to her Twitter posts, she was in Raleigh for Saturday night’s Lil’ Wayne concert at Walnut Creek Amphitheatre. Furr has also posted that she has recently moved to Charlotte.
Hairston, 20, was stopped by an N.C. Highway Patrol officer in Rowan County, near Salisbury, at 4:15 p.m. on Sunday, according to the traffic citation. Hairston was observed weaving in and out of heavy traffic on Interstate 85 while traveling at a high rate of speed. He was issued a citation for driving 93 mph in a 65 mph zone.
He faces charges of speeding and careless and reckless driving. He has an Aug. 30 court date in Rowan County.
According to the citation, when asked why he was traveling so fast, Hairston said he was in a hurry to get to Charlotte and that he thought the speed limit was 70 rather than the posted 65.
Late Sunday night, UNC coach Roy Williams suspended Hairston indefinitely.
Hairston has been stopped by police three times since May. In the first two instances, which occurred in Durham County, he was driving rental cars tied to Durham resident Haydn “Fats” Thomas.
UNC’s leading scorer with a 14.6 scoring average last season, Hairston faces speeding charges from a May 13 stop. Charges of driving without a license and marijuana possession, stemming from a June 5 stop at a license checkpoint, were dropped by the Durham district attorney’s office earlier this month after Hairston presented his valid license and completed a drug assessment.
Hairston’s use of cars not belonging to him have drawn the scrutiny of UNC’s compliance department and the NCAA since it could be determined to be an illegal extra benefit.
A woman who answered the phone at Sullivan’s Shallotte home on Monday said he had no comment about the Hairston incident.