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Cop Who Arrested N.C. State Coach Cleared

Posted May 31, 2007 12:25 p.m. EDT

— A Raleigh police officer who arrested a North Carolina State University basketball coach won't face charges, police said.

Assistant basketball coach Saint Lawrence "Larry" Harris accused Officer R.W. King of using excessive force during an April 4 traffic stop. Harris was charged with speeding and resisting an officer after police said he was traveling at 41 mph in a 25-mph zone in the 800 block of West Morgan Street..

Police said Harris refused to follow the officer's instructions, and King was forced to use pepper spray.

The Raleigh Police Department's Internal Affairs Unit investigated Harris' claims and determined they were unfounded.

Harris has spent the past 10 years as an assistant coach on the N.C. State staff, including serving as associate head coach last season, according to the university's Web site.