July 6, 2004
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Tech quarterback Marcus Vick has been charged with reckless driving and possession of marijuana, state police said Tuesday.
Vick, the brother of Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick, was stopped by a state trooper early Saturday morning on an interstate about 25 miles east of Richmond.
Vick was clocked on radar at 86 mph, 21 mph above the speed limit, state police spokesman Gary B. Payne said.
"As a result of the traffic stop, he also was charged with possession of marijuana," Payne said.
Both charges are misdemeanors, he said.
In May, Marcus Vick was convicted of misdemeanors stemming from a drinking party with underage girls.
He was sentenced to 30 days in jail and fined $2,250 on three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor after he and two teammates gave alcohol to 14- and 15-year-old girls at the players' apartment.
After the trial, Virginia Tech athletic director Jim Weaver promised to punish the players, but refused to disclose what kind of disciplinary action he'll take, citing the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974.
Coach Frank Beamer also has declined to discuss the convictions, saying he prefers to wait until the appeals process has run its course.
Vick has appealed his conviction and sentence to Montgomery County Circuit Court.
Virginia Tech does not automatically suspend students charged with a misdemeanor. University spokesman Larry Hincker said that any student convicted of a misdemeanor is subject to disciplinary action levied by the university office of judicial affairs. Penalties range from a simple warning to dismissal from school.
Marcus Vick's off-the-field actions aren't nearly as swift as his on-the-field stunts.