By Mark Schlabach
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, January 10, 2006
One day after he declared his intention to enter the NFL draft, former Virginia Tech quarterback Marcus Vick allegedly found trouble again near his mother's home in Suffolk, Va.
Vick, 21, turned himself in to the Suffolk magistrate's office yesterday after three warrants were issued for his arrest. He is accused of waving a firearm at three teenagers during an altercation in the parking lot of a McDonald's restaurant Sunday night. Suffolk police said the parents of a 17-year-old boy reported that Vick pointed a handgun at their son and two others.
A person close to Vick said last night that the teenagers were taunting him, and that Vick showed the gun to scare the boys.
"There was some type of altercation between Mr. Vick and the victims," Lt. Debbie George of the Suffolk Police Department said last night. "It was a verbal altercation, not a physical one."
Vick, the younger brother of former Virginia Tech all-American and current Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick, was charged with three misdemeanor counts of brandishing a firearm. He briefly was held at Western Tidewater Regional Jail yesterday and was released around 2 p.m. on $10,000 bond, according to Magistrate Lisa Noel. George said police hadn't located a gun.
When contacted on his cell phone yesterday, Larry Woodward, Vick's attorney, only would confirm that he is representing Vick and that Vick is scheduled to appear Thursday in Suffolk General District Court. If convicted of all three counts, Vick could be sentenced to three years in prison and face a $7,500 fine, George said.
Attempts to reach Vick and his mother, Brenda Boddie, were unsuccessful last night.
Vick was dismissed from the Hokies football team Friday "due to a cumulative effect of legal infractions and unsportsmanlike play," according to Virginia Tech President Charles Steger. Vick had faced a two-game suspension at the beginning of the 2006 season as punishment for stomping the leg of Louisville defensive end Elvis Dumervil during the Hokies' 35-24 victory over the Cardinals in the Gator Bowl on Jan. 2 in Jacksonville, Fla.
But Virginia Tech officials dismissed Vick from the team after learning he had been cited Dec. 17 in Hampton, Va., for driving with a suspended or revoked driver's license and speeding -- the eighth and ninth traffic offenses since he enrolled at Virginia Tech in 2002. Vick is scheduled to appear in Hampton District Court on Jan. 17 for the traffic charges.
Virginia Tech officials declined to comment yesterday about Vick's latest arrest.
Vick, an all-ACC choice this past season, his first season as a starter, on Saturday announced he would enter April's NFL draft. Vick's status in the NFL draft was considered tenuous at best because of his history of off-the-field problems and his inexperience at quarterback.
Vick played in 11 games as a freshman backup in 2003, was suspended the next season after he was charged with crimes in two incidents, then started all 13 games this past season. He threw for 2,393 yards, 17 touchdowns and 10 interceptions and ran for 380 yards and six scores, but struggled in Virginia Tech's biggest games, a 27-7 loss to Miami on Nov. 5 and 27-22 loss to unranked Florida State in the inaugural ACC championship game on Dec. 3.