Friday, April 4th, 1997

Edison Arrested, Dismissed From Team

The troubled life of backup tight end Pedro Edison has taken a drastic turn for the worse. Edison was charged Thursday by the Blacksburg police with three misdemeanors, including resisting arrest, breaking the windshield in a private vehicle near his apartment, and shattering a window in a police car. He was summarily dismissed from the team after a short meeting between Dave Braine and Frank Beamer, and he is now in danger of having his scholarship revoked by the Financial Aid Scholarship committee.

Earlier this year, Edison plead guilty to a misdemeanor reckless driving charge resulting from a vehicular accident in Augusta County in 1996. Edison was driving friends home from a party when he wrecked his car, resulting in the death of one of the passengers. Edison passed a breathalyzer test at the scene and was not charged with driving while intoxicated. He had simply been driving too fast, admitting to police that he travelled 55 miles per hour in a 25 mph zone. Facing a felony involuntary manslaughter charge, Edison plea-bargained the charge to reckless driving. Edison is scheduled to serve a jail sentence at the conclusion of the academic semester for that offense.

Wednesday night's incident started with a call to the Blacksburg police, who responded to University Terrace just before midnight when a caller said a man had used his foot to shatter a car windshield. Witnesses identified Edison, whom police said had to be subdued with pepper spray. Edison was placed in the back seat of a marked police car. Within minutes, police say he kicked out a back window. He was freed early Thursday morning on five thousand dollars bond.


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