ECU Pirate football player dismissed after arrest in car theft

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) - An East Carolina Pirate football player has been arrested after Greenville police said he stole a car and was caught when he tried to pick it up after it was towed from an apartment complex for not having proper parking permits.

ECU redshirt freshman Nyhre Quinerly has since been dismissed from the Pirate football program, according to an announcement from head coach Scottie Montgomery on Wednesday.

"One of our top priorities is to promote responsible citizenship in our community and I emphasize those directives on a continual basis," Montgomery said. "While this behavior is contrary to the progress we've made, I think how we respond to issues such as this will say more about our program than the actions of an individual who chose not to act in a responsible manner."

Officers said the car was towed from the Campus Towers parking lot and Quinerly called the towing company asking how he could get it back.

Officer said after it was determined the car did not belong to Quinerly, GPD detectives met him when he went to pick up the car and arrested him.

The car had gone missing from the Wilkerson Funeral Home parking lot August 29.

Quinerly did not play in 2015 as a redshirt, but had participated in all five games this season as a member of the Pirates' special teams squad.

He was given a $5,000 bond.

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