Former Aliquippa basketball star Herb Pope Jr. was charged with multiple offenses Friday by Moon police, who said they found him unresponsive in a car on Business Route 60.
Mr. Pope, 18, was charged with reckless endangerment, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, underage drinking and a traffic offense.
At 2:27 a.m. Friday, police found Mr. Pope in a car stopped in a northbound traffic lane of the highway near International Drive, according to court documents. When officers approached, they said the engine of the locked car was running and Mr. Pope was alone and in the driver's seat.
Police said that after repeated attempts to rouse Mr. Pope, he awoke and his vehicle lurched forward and into a police cruiser. Officers said they broke the driver's side window of the car, shut off the engine, arrested Mr. Pope and took him to Sewickley Valley Hospital for blood and urine tests.
Mr. Pope refused to submit the samples, police said. He was taken to the Allegheny County Jail where he was arraigned and released on bond.
Mr. Pope's preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 8.
One of the most heralded recruits in the country last spring, Mr. Pope is a basketball player at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, N.M. He had been ineligble to play this season but was cleared to play last week.
He has yet to appear in a game for New Mexico State.
On March 31 the 6-foot-9-inch forward was shot four times in Aliquippa. Earlier this month, Marcus Longmire of the Hill District was sentenced to serve six to 16 years in prison after pleading guilty to attempted homicide.
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