Suspended ODU linebacker Derek Wilder, son of coach, appears in court

A judge certified charges against the son of ODU football coach Bobby Wilder.

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WVEC) -- A judge certified charges against suspended Old Dominion University linebacker, son of Coach Bobby Wilder, on Tuesday.

Officers arrested Wilder and his friend, Aquante Thornton, in May after an incident near West Military Highway and South Military Highway.

Police said Wilder and Thornton were riding motorcycles recklessly. After a brief pursuit, Wilder had a wreck that threw him from his motorcycle, causing minor injuries.

The officer who saw Wilder and Thornton on May 18 testified that Wilder popped a wheelie on the motorcycle.

An officer testified saying his marked car turned on the lights and sirens. He then said that the friends were going an estimated 90 to 100 miles per hour in a 35 mph zone. 

One of the charges each faces is Eluding Police, a felony. Other misdemeanors, like reckless driving, were dropped. 

Wilder's father suspended his son from the team shortly his arrest arrest. Bobby Wilder did not show up to court Tuesday. 

Both Derek and his attorney, Teddy Black, denied comment after the hearing. 

Thornton is a former cornerback for Old Dominion University.


 

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