Details of Huguely's run-ins with police emerging

George Huguely
George Huguely
Yeardley Love
Yeardley Love

By Rachel DePompa - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – We're learning today about more run-ins with police for the University of Virginia lacrosse player accused of murdering his ex-girlfriend who was a member of the women's lacrosse team.

Police sources tell NBC News George Huguely was drinking all day Saturday and that he may have sent death threats over text message in the hours that led up to the murder of 22 year old Yeardley Love. According to court documents, Huguely admitted to kicking in love's bed room door and shaking love, her head repeatedly hit a wall.

Alcohol charges and fights are not uncommon in Huguely's young life. Police in West Palm Beach, Fla., said they had two run-ins with him.

In 2007, in Palm Beach County, Fla., where his family has a summer home,  Huguely was charged with possession of alcohol by a minor.

A year later police were called to a Huguely family fight. Records call it a "very heated" argument between the teen and his father on a 40-foot fishing boat.

Deputies say Huguely wanted to go back to the beach but his father would only take him home so he dove into the Atlantic Ocean to swim back to shore and had to be rescued by a passing vessel.

These incidents are in addition to Huguely's arrest in Lexington for public intoxication. Police there say the confrontation with the female officer was so violent, she had to use a taser on Huguely.

Criminal profiler Pat Brown tells NBC News, the run-ins were red flags that needed to be taken seriously.

"Nobody should be in a relationship with anyone who is aggressive because you're going to be the target of that when they get angry," Brown said.

These incidents and a violent arrest in Lexington were never reported to the University of Virginia. But should they have been?

University officials say they did not know about any of Huguely's three known encounters with police. Students are required under U.Va.'s school policy to report arrests, but if they don't there's no standard in place for Virginia police agencies to let the colleges know.

An alcohol-related charge at U.Va. means you can't play on your team until cleared by a counselor.

According to court records, eight of the 41 players on the roster of the U.Va. men's team,  including Huguely, have been charged with alcohol related offenses while in school.

Huguely's arrest Monday has led to scrutiny on his history of drunken and violent confrontations with police officers.

No one reported anything to U.Va. or police.

"There is nothing in Virginia law I learned today that requires jurisdictions to report to colleges when students are arrested in the jurisdictions," said U.Va. president John Casteen.  He said he his disturbed at the gaps in Virginia's law and is requesting a meeting with Governor Bob McDonnell.

"We really should maximize the exchange of information between police forces," said McDonnell. "I haven't really looked specifically at that issue to see if there's any other legal hurdles we need to overcome."

The governor says his chief of staff was on the phone today with U.Va. president Casteen, trying to set up a meeting in the next week.

George Huguely remains in jail without bond.

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