Football standout files complaint against police

Jonathan "Petey" Williams
January 17, 2013 2:45:08 PM PST
A football star at Wake Forest-Rolesville High School said an encounter with police left him injured and could hurt his college career.

Jonathan "Petey" Williams has filed a complaint with the Wake Forest Police Department over an incident last weekend.

Saturday evening, three Wake Forest police officers said Williams passed them on Franklin Street while on his motorcycle. Police said they were on their way to an undercover stake-out in an unmarked truck, but felt they had to stop Williams for speeding.

The street has a posted speed limit of 25 mph, but they said Williams was going 50 mph.

"They were just going to warn him and send him on his way.  But because he had passed them, because he was driving somewhat erratically they felt it was important to pull him over," Wake Forest police spokesman Bill Crabtree said.

Williams, who has no criminal record, a perfect school attendance record, and a 3.5 GPA, said he noticed a truck tailgating him and sped up a little on his motorcycle and made a couple of turns. He said when the officers finally turned on concealed blue lights and sirens, he turned onto a side street and pulled over.

Police maintain that they turned on the blue lights many blocks earlier, but Williams tried to get away.

When Williams stopped, he said he did as he was told.

"As soon as I turned it off and put the kickstand down, as soon as I was about to get up they threw me down and then they put me in handcuffs," Williams said.

Police told ABC11 Williams twice refused to get off the bike.

"The officer removed Mr. Williams from the motorcycle and then asked him to lay on the ground.  Mr. Williams refused that command as well.  It was at that point that another officer came and helped the other officer get Mr. Williams on the ground," Crabtree said.  

The high school athlete also said police accused him of having drugs.

"They were like, 'Where's the weed at?'  And I was, I asked them, 'What are you talking about? I don't know where anything is.'  And he was like, 'I can smell it on you.'," Williams said.

Police did not find any pot on Williams, but charged him with speeding 50 in a 25 mph zone and resisting an officer.

Williams said police aggravated an old thumb injury and hurt his knee and shoulder. That has the high school star hoping it doesn't hurt his chances of playing collegiate football.

"I can see myself, you know, in the pros.  And if that doesn't work out I have a good education to fall back on," Williams said.

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