By JOEL COLEMAN
The city of Starkville will not prosecute Mississippi State senior defensive lineman Nick James following a weekend arrest.
According to court documents provided to the Starkville Daily News on Thursday, James was arrested at 1:02 a.m. Sunday in the Cotton District by the Starkville Police Department on charges of driving under the influence and disturbing the peace.
On Thursday, municipal judge Rodney Faver agreed to an order of nolle prosequi, meaning that city prosecutor Caroline Moore won’t proceed with the charges. The order was signed by Moore and Starkville Police Chief Frank Nichols.
The reason for the order wasn’t immediately known.
The Starkville Daily News had reported late Sunday that James was arrested for public intoxication at Rick’s Cafe based on information provided by the Oktibbeha County Sheriff’s Office.
After the Starkville Daily News spoke with officials from both the sheriff’s office and the Starkville Police Department, it was still unclear how the Oktibbeha County Sheriff’s Office distributed the erroneous information.
James’ status for Mississippi State’s season opener on Saturday remains up in the air. MSU released a statement on James’ arrest on Sunday afternoon stating that “(Head coach Dan Mullen) is aware of an incident involving Nick James that occurred (early Sunday) and he is currently getting more information on it.”
When asked about James’ availability for Saturday’s game at his weekly press conference on Monday, Mullen referred to his policy for announcing suspensions.
“Any suspensions, we’ll announce it before the game,” Mullen said.
James is expected to be a key member of MSU’s defensive front this season. The 6-foot-5, 320-pound Long Beach native saw 10 starts at defensive tackle last season and played in all 13 games.
In his career, James has played in 34 total games and recorded 43 tackles, three tackles for loss and forced one fumble.