Students Stranded After Homestead Track Coach Arrested During Trip

Speeding coach arrested on way to track meet

By Brian Hamacher
|  Monday, Apr 9, 2012  |  Updated 1:09 PM EDT
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Students Stranded After Track Coach Arrested

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A South Florida high school track coach's lead foot left his team stranded miles from home after he was arrested for speeding Friday, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

Walter Chambliss, 26, was arrested driving 86 mph in a 70 mph zone on State Road 91 in Fort Pierce, according to a FHP report.

Chambliss, an assistant track and field coach at Homestead Senior High, was driving members of the school's team to a meet in Gainesville when the arrest happened, according to the South Florida Times.

According to the report, Chambliss was driving without his driver's license. A check of his record found numerous suspensions for failure to pay and failure to appear in court, the report said.

Chambliss also wasn't authorized to be driving the rental car, and the vehicle was towed, the FHP said.

Authorities arrested Chambliss and he was booked into the St. Lucie County jail. He was later released and it was unknown whether he has an attorney.

The students would have been left on the side of the road until one called his parents, who convinced FHP troopers to take the kids to a nearby truck stop where relatives arranged to pick them up, according to the Times.

"At first I was shocked and couldn’t believe what I was hearing," said Clayrinski Wilson, parent of two of the student athletes. "I called the [school’s] athletic director [Aaron Harris], and he told me it was not a school issue and they had nothing to do with it."

Wilson said he'll file a formal complaint against the school and wants an investigation into the incident.

Calls to Harris and the school for comment weren't immediately returned Monday.

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