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ODU LB Derek Wilder, Son Of Monarchs' Head Coach, Charged With Eluding Police, Reckless Driving

There aren't too many college football players that play for their dads. There are even fewer that have been suspended by them. Old Dominion's Derek Wilder just joined that short list.

Wilder was charged was eluding police and reckless driving stemming from a May 18 motorcycle incident, which also involved former Monarch Aquante Thornton.

From The Virginian-Pilot:

About 11:20 a.m. on May 18, Chesapeake police spotted two motorcycles speeding and driving recklessly near West and South Military highways, Detective Dorienne Boykin wrote in an email Wednesday.

Officers turned on their emergency lights to make a traffic stop. Thornton stopped shortly after, but Wilder continued on for a "short distance" before having a minor accident that threw him from his motorcycle, Boykin wrote.

Wilder, 20, was taken to a hospital with minor injuries and later released, police said. He was arrested the next day, court records show. Officers took 24-year-old Thornton, of Chesapeake, into custody at the scene.

Bobby Wilder, the Monarchs' head coach flatly announced that his son was suspended from the team, and did not provide any more information.

Wilder is scheduled to appear in court on July 11. ODU opens its season on September 2 at home against Albany. It is unclear whether Wilder will be suited up for that one.

[The Virginian-Pilot]