Former Coastal Carolina University quarterback Tyler Thigpen, who was inducted into the school’s athletics hall of fame last week, is facing driving under the influence charges after being arrested at some point overnight, police said.
Horry County Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Jeff Benton said that Thigpen was booked into J. Reuben Long Detention Center at 1:55 p.m. Sunday and posted $1,000 cash or surety bond shortly before 5 p.m. Sunday.
Thigpen directed a request for comment to his attorney Jonny McCoy. McCoy could not be reached for comment Sunday evening.
Benton said he did not know where the incident occurred or which jurisdiction made the arrest.
He said he believed Thigpen was arrested overnight and held before being transported to J. Reuben Long for booking.
Thigpen was a star for Coastal Carolina during the program’s first four seasons from 2003-06, establishing records that still stand and leading the Chants to immediate success with three Big South championships, a 2006 NCAA FCS playoff appearance and countless clutch plays and big moments.
He was the first play in the Big South league to be selected in the NFL draft, being drafted by the Minnesota Vikings and most recently was affiliated with the Cleveland Browns.