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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  • by oh my... on Jan 5, 2012 at 09:19 PM
    quite honestly I dont think all athletes at ECU are an embarrassment but i do believe that the the ones who fail to obey the rules, and the coaches, like Coach Macy, who fail to enforce the rules are an embarrassment.
  • by Sara on Jan 4, 2012 at 11:35 PM
    ECU athletes are such an embarrassment.
  • by William on Jan 3, 2012 at 02:37 PM
    ohhhh noooooooo ECU student athletes can do no wrong!!!! UNC is the only college that does wrong!!!!!! well guess what to all the ezu fans that like to or that do talk junk about UNC and other colleges....KARMA!!!!!! REMEMBER NOBODY is PERFECT!!!! not State,Wake,Duke,UNC, or ECU!!!!!! NUFF SAID!!!!!!
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      by Appy on Jan 16, 2012 at 11:12 AM in reply to William
      Well App State is perfect and actually has classy players on their athletic teams.
  • by JJ on Jan 3, 2012 at 10:41 AM
    It is sad that the only way for a lady sport to make it into the news is when something like this happens. O'well. Fine by me.
  • by Larranaga Location: Greenville on Jan 3, 2012 at 05:33 AM
    She made a mistake that many people make every day. Hopefully she learns from it.
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      by anon on Jan 3, 2012 at 05:57 AM in reply to Larranaga
      this is not a "mistake" she willfully drove that vehicle. dwi is the easiest crime not to commit. this was intentional and willfull. a mistake is an error or miscalculation in judgement. this was not a judgement situation, it was intentional!!
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        by drunk on Jan 3, 2012 at 12:03 PM in reply to anon
        when you hit .13, there might be some flawed judgement in there.
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          by anon on Jan 3, 2012 at 12:51 PM in reply to drunk
          not when it is intentional!!
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          by Anonymous on Jan 3, 2012 at 01:08 PM in reply to drunk
          ok, calm down anon. you can yell intentional all you want. Yes, driving is intentional. Poor judgement to drive while drunk, I think so. See, we can both win.
  • by anon Location: wallace on Jan 3, 2012 at 05:20 AM
    i guess she will not be driving the highways or "the lane" on the courts as well. good for the trooper. get the low life drunks off the road and off the courts and fields too! not a role model at all!!!!!!
  • by paulettesmithz Location: us on Jan 3, 2012 at 03:45 AM
    "Clearance Auto" says that in states where it is permitted, will raise your rates based on your credit score. So if your credit situation has changed for the better by an appreciable amount, it is to your advantage to go shop around.
  • by Al Sharprton on Jan 2, 2012 at 09:55 PM
    NAACP and lawsuit/discrimination time!
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      by Jesse Jackson on Jan 16, 2012 at 11:13 AM in reply to Al Sharprton
      Lets get this lawsuit started Al.
  • by Wolfgang Location: Chocowinity,NC on Jan 2, 2012 at 09:21 PM
    Thank You , Highway Patrol for getting another drunk and dangerous driver of the streets. You might have saved many lives Highway Patrol. Seems Shala Hodges did not care. Now wake up Shala here comes the Judge!
  • by Heheheh Location: Winterville on Jan 2, 2012 at 08:16 PM
    It does not matter. Have you seen our court system? Have you witnessed Judge Vincent? He bends over backwards to make sure DWI offenders (many repeat offenders) are found not guilty. He ia a joke. Our judicia; system at its best.
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      by Anonymous on Jan 3, 2012 at 04:50 AM in reply to Heheheh
      Judge Vincent used to be a defense lawyer and still is part of the "good ole boy" network in Pitt County.
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        by Anonymous on Jan 3, 2012 at 11:44 AM in reply to
        Yeap, if you have the money $$$$$$$$$ you can drink and drive in pitt county all day long. I know some people that have been caught over 10 times for DWI and they still get off with probation. This needs to be looked at because the good ole boys are still in business. What's that new law on DWI? What a joke, if you get the right lawyer.
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