A May traffic citation that North Carolina basketball player P.J. Hairston received while driving a rented Chevrolet Camaro provides another connection to Haydn Thomas, the Durham man whose name was on the rental car receipt of the GMC Yukon that Hairston was driving the night of his June 5 arrest, USA Today reported Saturday.
Hairston was cited for speeding May 13 while driving a 2012 Camaro SS rented from Hertz and paid for by a woman named Catinia Farrington, according to a car rental receipt obtained by USA Today.
According to USA Today, the address Farrington lists on the rental receipt matches the one listed by Thomas on his voter registration.
A LexisNexis public records search for Thomas lists his last known place of residence as a Durham address he shares with Farrington.
Hairston, a Greensboro native, was arrested June 5 and charged — along with passengers Miykael Faulcon and Carlos Sanford — with misdemeanor possession of marijuana. Hairston also was cited for driving without a license.
A gun was found outside the car the night of the arrest, but Durham Police have yet to finish forensic testing on it. Hairston, Faulcon and Sanford are scheduled to appear in Durham district court Aug. 6.
In multiple media interviews, Thomas has maintained that he does not know Hairston but that he does know Faulcon, who Thomas said borrowed the Yukon to go to a store the night of his arrest.
“Let me just tell you one thing: There’s no story,” Thomas, who goes by the nickname “Fats,” told the Associated Press. “There’s no story here. The basketball player, he’s not accepting gifts. There’s no story.”
USA Today reported that Thomas rented the Yukon from the Hertz location at the Raleigh-Durham International Airport for three days, at a total charge of $1,261.64.
Farrington rented the Camaro, according to USA Today, for a total of 54 days from April 25 through June 17, racking up a bill for $3,249.
Hairston was stopped for driving 54 mph in a 45-mph zone on May 13, USA Today reported, and is scheduled to appear in court in Durham on Aug. 2 for that citation.
Thomas, 39, was arrested in Durham in December and charged with maintaining a dwelling for selling a controlled substance and for possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and a firearm by a convicted felon, according to an article by The Herald-Sun of Durham.
Thomas has been charged with multiple crimes since 2002, most of which are drug- and gun-related, and was convicted on a felony charge of accessing computers with intent to defraud in 2006.
Thomas told USA Today on Wednesday that he had not been contacted by UNC or NCAA officials.
Hairston, the former Dudley star, is entering his junior season with the Tar Heels after leading them in scoring at 14.6 points per game last season.
UNC coach Roy Williams has not addressed the guard’s status since his June 5 arrest, other than telling USA Today last month that he is waiting for all the facts to come out before making a decision.