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N. Carolina RB Daniel Davis Jailed

February 18, 2000

STAFFORD, Va. (AP) _ North Carolina running back Daniel Davis returned to Virginia on Thursday, hoping to clear up a probation violation. Instead, he ended up in jail.

During a Circuit Court hearing, Davis, 19, was ordered to serve six days but could be released on good behavior after three.

Davis rushed for a Group AAA-record 7,080 yards for Brooke Point High School and was selected Virginia’s AAA player of the year by The Associated Press.

On July 23, he was convicted of failing to appear in court on a traffic violation issued while he was still in high school, court records show. He received a 10-day suspended jail sentence, was ordered to perform 50 hours of community service and pay $36 in court costs.

Stafford County Commonwealth’s Attorney Daniel M. Chichester said Davis made no arrangements to perform the community service, had missed all five of his scheduled phone calls from his probation officer and failed to pay the court. Facing extradition, Davis came home.

``He was given every opportunity to comply, but he never did,″ Chichester said.

The penalty, worked out beforehand by Chichester and Davis’ lawyer, Phillip Sasser, also obligates Davis to perform his community service here during North Carolina’s spring break. Officials said Davis mostly likely would do the work at a regional landfill.

``I’m very disappointed Daniel did not properly attend to his legal situation. He turned something that began as a traffic violation into a serious issue,″ North Carolina coach Carl Torbush said in a statement. ``I have made it clear to him, as well as our entire team, that situations such as this will not be tolerated.″

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