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NC State’s Shadrach Thornton dismissed from football team after arrest

N.C. State running back Shadrach Thornton (10) high-fives fans as he leaves the field after N.C. State's 38-14 victory over Old Dominion at S.B. Ballard Stadium in Norfolk, Va..
N.C. State running back Shadrach Thornton (10) high-fives fans as he leaves the field after N.C. State's 38-14 victory over Old Dominion at S.B. Ballard Stadium in Norfolk, Va.. ehyman@newsobserver.com

The latest arrest for Shadrach Thornton cost him his spot on N.C. State’s football team. Thornton was arrested Tuesday night after a moped accident near campus and was subsequently dismissed from the program Wednesday afternoon by coach Dave Doeren.

Thornton had been arrested twice and suspended three times before Wednesday’s decision to kick him off the team.

“It’s an unfortunate set of circumstances, but we’ve made the decision to dismiss Shadrach from our program,” Doeren said in a statement released by the school. “We will continue to support him academically and help him earn his degree.”

Thornton, 22, was charged with failure to stop and render aid and failure to provide information, both misdemeanors, after his moped hit a pedestrian near the intersection of Avent Ferry Road and Western Boulevard in Raleigh at 9:34 p.m. Tuesday.

Thornton was also charged with operating a motor vehicle on a sidewalk and for operating an unregistered motor vehicle.

Thornton was riding his moped on the sidewalk along the southbound lanes on Avent Ferry Road across from the Mission Valley Shopping Center when he struck Jimmie Woodard, 23, of Raleigh. Woodard’s mother, Sharon Woodard, said Wednesday that he suffered lacerations on his lip and needed stitches.

Jimmie works at the Mission Valley Cinema, his mother said, and was waiting for the bus when he was hit by Thornton on the sidewalk. Sharon said her son called her immediately after the accident and she took him to the hospital for treatment.

“I’m just grateful it wasn’t worse than it could have been,” Sharon said.

Thornton, 22, was arrested at his apartment off Western Boulevard after he failed to provide information about his license and vehicle registration to Woodard, according to the court documents.

“He just left,” Sharon Woodard said. “He got up back on the moped and he left.”

This is not Thornton’s first time in legal trouble. He missed the 2013 season opener after a misdemeanor assault on a female charge. He received deferred prosecution for that incident from the Wake County courts. Thornton had a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge in Dec.ember 2013 that was later dismissed.

Thornton missed the first two games of this season for breaking an unspecified team rule, unrelated to a legal issue.

The senior from Hinesville, Ga., led the team with 907 rushing yards and nine rushing touchdowns last season. He had 111 yards and two touchdowns during the Wolfpack’s 63-13 win at South Alabama last Saturday. He rushed for 203 yards in two games this season.

Thornton is scheduled to be in a Wake County court Nov. 5 for the most recent charges. He also has an Oct. 29 court date in Wake County for separate moped violations, including riding without a helmet and exceeding a safe speed.

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