Player admits driving without authorization
SPRINGFIELD, Ohio – A University of Illinois football player pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge and admitted driving a vehicle without authorization.
E.B. Halsey, whose full name is Ibrahim Q. Halsey, pleaded guilty Thursday to a misdemeanor criminal charge of unauthorized use of a vehicle and was ordered to pay a maximum fine of $250 plus court costs, according to Michael Shields, chief prosecutor for the city of Springfield, Ohio. A review will be conducted in July to see that Halsey has complied with conditions of a plea agreement, he said.
Halsey is a running back for the UI football team.
The charges stem from a series of incidents involving a rented 2004 Mercury Sable that was repeatedly stopped by state troopers in Pennsylvania and Ohio for speeding in January, according to Shields.
The car was originally stopped in Pennsylvania for going more than 100 miles per hour, the city prosecutor said. The trooper there discovered a rental agreement that did not have the names of Halsey, who was driving, nor those of two passengers in the car, he said.
The car was towed to an impound lot. But then the same car was stopped in Ohio again for speeding about 96 mph, Shields said. The Ohio trooper released the car after writing a speeding ticket, but then got a "delayed hit" on computer records showing the car to have been stolen, he said.
Ohio State Police put out an alert for other law enforcement to watch for the car and a trooper in Madison County, Ohio, stopped the car for speeding 92 mph in a 65 mph zone on Jan. 15.
Halsey was the driver all three times, Shields said.
Authorities in Pennsylvania declined to charge Halsey or the other men with breaking into the impound lot and stealing the car, according to Shields.
The two passengers in the car, Gustavo Mina and Darryl Gent, both of Elizabeth, N.J., also were arrested for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and possession of marijuana.
Gent also pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor unauthorized use charge and also was fined, Shields said. Under terms of the negotiated plea, the misdemeanor marijuana charge against Gent was dismissed.
Mina failed to appear in court and a warrant was issued for his arrest on both charges, the prosecutor said.