Adam Pankey, the West Virginia Mountaineers’ starting left guard, was found in a crashed vehicle early Sunday, in what appeared to be a DUI incident according to reports. The Mountaineers guard was taken into custody immediately after and was no longer brought to the hospital, having suffered only minor injuries.
“Police found Pankey’s car upside down off the road with Pankey still inside. Pankey was pulled from the vehicle with minor injuries and wasn’t taken to the hospital. He was instead taken into custody and charged before being released on bond.” according to reports by Mike Casazza, sports writer for Charleston Gazette-Mail.
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Further details are still sketchy, but police have reported that emergency responders and police were called to the scene in the 300 block of Stewart Street, where they found the overturned vehicle. Upon inspection of the 2008 Chrysler Sebring, they found Pankey, still inside, and pulled out the football player. Upon testing, Pankey had blood alcohol levels through the roof, with .147, almost double the legal limit in West Virginia which is .08.
His team has already been informed about the incident and are still deliberating on how to reprimand their player.
“I have been made aware of the situation and am gathering the facts at this time,” the West Virginia University coach Dana Holgorsen said in a statement. “When all the facts are in, I will take appropriate action.”
West Virginia has been going through tough times these past few days. While the Mountaineers guard was taken into custody, the team also recently lost Dravon Askew-Henry, another starter, and their leading returning tackler, to an injury. With their season opener against Missouri coming very soon (September 3), the team now needs to scramble to get their roster back in order.
The 22-year old Adam Pankey started in 25 games in the past two seasons. The 6’5” guard also earned Division I All-Ohio Third Team Offense honors as a senior at Hamilton and was named three times to the all-GMC first team offense.
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