FORT PIERCE (CBSMiami) – A Homestead father is demanding an investigation by the county’s school district after his son and several members of Homestead High’s track team were stuck nearly 200 miles from home after an assistant coach was arrested.
On Friday the team and their coach, 26-year old Walter Chambliss, were heading to Gainesville for a track meet when their rental car was pulled over by a Florida Highway patrol trooper on State Road 91 in Ft. Pierce for speeding, according to the South Florida Times. According to the school district, the meet was not sanctioned by the district and Chambliss and the teens were acting on their own.READ MORE: Haiti's contributions to South Florida in full display at Haitian Heritage Month Art Exhibition
A records check by the trooper found that Chambliss, who was reportedly driving at speeds nearing 90 mph, was not only driving on a suspended license but it had been suspended numerous times int he past. There were also several warrants out for his arrest for failures to pay fines and appear in court.
Chambliss was taken into custody, the rental car was towed and the four teens with him were left wondering how they were going to get home. One of the students called his dad, Clayrinski Wilson, who in turn contacted Aaron Harris, the school’s athletic director. Wilson reportedly told the paper that according to Harris, it was not a school issue and he couldn’t help.
Wilson then contacted the FHP and asked if they would take the team to a nearby truck stop where some relatives of his would pick them up. They did and then Wilson and his wife drove to Fort Pierce to get the students and bring them home.READ MORE: What we know about the victims of the Texas school shooting
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The South Florida Times contributed to this report