East Carolina University wide receiver and former Havelock High standout Danny Webster Jr. has been charged with driving while impaired in Greenville.
Kristen Hunter, public information officer for the Greenville Police Department, said reports indicate that Webster, 21, was pulled over around 1 a.m. Saturday. She said an officer had observed a vehicle swerving left to right while heading west on East 10th Street. Webster was pulled over in the parking lot of St. Peter’s Catholic Church.
Hunter said after failed Breathalyzer attempts, a warrant was obtained to get a sample of Webster’s blood to determine the blood-alcohol level. That sample was sent to the State Bureau of Investigation lab, and the results were not immediately available. She said the report indicates that Webster refused to take the Breathalyzer test.
Webster had 18 catches for 144 yards and a touchdown in five games with the Pirates during the 2013 season before he was suspended from the team in October for an unspecified violation of team rules. In two previous seasons with the Pirates, Webster caught 77 passes for 750 yards and six touchdowns.
Tom McClellan, ECU assistant athletics director for media relations, said Webster was involved in workouts with the team as he tried to get full reinstatement. He said ECU coach Ruffin McNeill was out of town but was aware of the arrest. McClellan said that McNeill in the past has not released a statement or information concerning disciplinary action until meeting with the player involved.
Webster, playing quarterback, led Havelock to the eastern regional championship game as a junior in 2009 but played in just one game his senior year in 2010 before leaving the team. He graduated high school early to enroll at ECU in the spring of 2011 to participate in spring workouts with the Pirates.