ECU Basketball Player Suspended From Team After DWI Arrest

An East Carolina women's basketball player has been suspended from the team after her arrest New Year's morning on drunk driving charges.

Shala Hodges is the fifth current or former member of the team to be arrested in less than six months.

Hodges, a 20-year-old guard on the team was charged with DWI early New Year's Day. The junior guard had started in every game and had been the team's top scorer.

The Raleigh native was booked into the Pitt County Detention Center at 3:53 a.m. Sunday after her arrest by the Highway Patrol. Hodges posted a $500 bond and was released about 90 minutes later.

Trooper William Brown says he was heading north on U.S. 264 Alternate when Hodges switched lanes in front of him and almost hit his cruiser. He says the woman blew a .13, while .08 is the legal limit for drivers in the state.

In addition to DWI, Hodges is charged with reckless driving, and driving after drinking by an underage person.

ECU announced Monday afternoon that Hodges would be suspended indefinitely from the team.

“Every member of our program must earn the right to represent East Carolina University and they will be held accountable for their actions on and off the court,” said coach Heather Macy. “This type of behavior will not be tolerated and is certainly not in line with any standards we have in place, not only within our program, but in society as well. I am both disappointed and embarrassed with the poor decision that was made and the negative reflection it has cast on our University and program.”

Hodges was averaging a team-best 11.9 points per game. They play Hampton University Monday night on the road.

In July an incoming player on the women's team was charged with making up an assault that occurred on campus, while in June a former player and two current team members were arrested on fraud charges involving the theft of a credit card from a fellow player.


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Another East Carolina University women's basketball player is in trouble with the law after her arrest this weekend, the fifth current or former member to be arrested in less than six months.

Shala Hodges, a 20-year-old guard on the team was charged with DWI early New Year's Day. Hodges so far is the team's top scorer.

The Raleigh native was booked into the Pitt County Detention Center at 3:53 a.m. Sunday after her arrest by the Highway Patrol. Hodges posted a $500 bond and was released about 90 minutes later.

No word yet from the university on whether Hodges' arrest will impact her status with the team.

In July an incoming player on the women's team was charged with making up an assault that occurred on campus, while in June a former player and two current team members were arrested on fraud charges involving the theft of a credit card from a fellow player.


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