Breaking News: Former BHS coach pleads "no contest" to DUI, drug charge dropped
Oct 16, 2013, 16:38
Former Bay High and Jones Junior College basketball coach Kelton Thompson pled "no contest" Wednesday to a DUI charge from September.
A related possession of marijuana charge was passed to the file, City Prosecutor Donald Rafferty said Wednesday.
Thompson, 35, was pulled over on Kellar Street on Sept. 1 on suspicion of DUI. There were several other people in the vehicle with Thompson, police said.
During the traffic stop, offices located a small pipe which allegedly contained marijuana, officials said.
Rafferty said the marijuana charge was passed to the file because Thompson "submitted to and passed a drug test."
"As we have stated all along, the marijuana was not Mr. Thompson's," Thompson's attorney Damien Holcomb said Wednesday. "We were able to provide drug tests dating back to 2007 which all showed Mr. Thompson clean."
Holcomb said the "no contest" plea on the DUI was not an admission of guilt and that Thompson will appeal the case to Hancock County Circuit Court. Holcomb said Thompson maintains his innocence on the DUI charge.
Thompson led the Bay High Tigers to the boys 4A basketball state championship in 2009.
In 2012, he left Bay High to become the assistant men's basketball coach at Jones.
Last year, he was named the head ladies basketball coach at Jones.
He resigned as head coach shortly after his arrest in August.
Read more details on this story in Saturday's Sea Coast Echo.