MORGANTOWN, W.Va– West Virginia could be without their top tight end to open the season as Jovani Haskins has been charged with fleeing from the police after a July 28 incident that saw him evade police officers after a criminal complaint.
Haskins was arrested that night and has been charged with three misdemeanors including reckless driving, fleeing from an officer and driving on the left side of the road.
According to the police report, a WVU police officer spotted a white Adui speeding on campus around 3:15 am. The officer also saw the car almost struck another vehicle in one of the turning lanes on University Avenue.
The policeman activated his lights and continued to chase Haskins after Haskins failed to pull over and sped off into the night. Haskins also reportedly crossed the center line ‘multiple times.’
Haskins then got stuck in traffic, decided to turn down a side street, parked and fled his car in a parking lot.
Haskins escape and celebration was only short-lived as an officer was able to identify his car which had multiple campus parking tickets AND Haskins left his student ID inside his Audi.
“We are aware of the situation,” Mountaineer head coach Neal Brown said in a statement. “It will be handled appropriately and in accordance with West Virginia University’s policies and procedures surrounding student conduct.”
Haskins was expected to take over the starting tight end position as a junior this season after Trevon Wesco went pro this past offseason. The redshirt junior tallied 148 yards on 16 receptions and a touchdown for West Virginia last season.
Prior to his arrest, Haskins was one of five dozen players named to the Mackey Award preseason watchlist.
West Virginia opens their season against FCS James Madison on Saturday, August 31 in Morgantown.