Judge dismisses DUI charges against former CCU quarterback, NFL player Tyler Thigpen

A judge on Thursday dismissed driving under the influence charges against former Coastal Carolina University quarterback and NFL player Tyler Thigpen.

An Horry County magistrate judge heard a motion to dismiss charges Thursday afternoon filed by Thigpen’s attorney, according to online court documents, and those charges were dismissed, said Horry County Central Traffic Court clerk Elizabeth Davis. S.C. Highway Patrol officers arrested Thigpen Nov. 23 in Myrtle Beach and charged him with DUI.

Thigpen’s attorney, Jonny McCoy, said the judge dismissed the charges because the state did not meet video requirements during the incident. It is S.C. law that all Miranda warnings be given on camera. Dash camera video of Thigpen’s arrest did not include sound.

“The magistrate judge dismissed the DUI charge against Thigpen due to the state's failure to meet the statutorily mandated video requirements of the happenings at the incident site,” McCoy said in an email. “Mr. Thigpen no longer faces any charges.”