Former Orange High football and wrestling standout Payton Wilson was arrested in the early morning hours of Saturday, December 14 in Raleigh, where he currently attends N.C. State University on a football scholarship.
According to a Wake County police report, the 19-year-old Wilson was arrested by N. Hammerstein of the Raleigh Police Department at 4:35 a.m. on Saturday, December 14. He has been charged with multiple class one misdemeanors, including one count of resisting a public officer, one count of possession of a fraudulent ID, and one count of injury to personal property. He was also charged with impeding traffic - a traffic violation - along with a count of consuming alcohol by a 19 or 20-year-old - a class three misdemeanor.
According to the Wake County arrest warrants, Wilson attempted to elude a police officer when he went into traffic and made contact with a vehicle. Apparently uninjured, Wilson continued to run away from the police officers and attempted to hide from them under a parked car.
When he was taken into custody by Wake County officials, he was in possession of his older brother’s photo ID. Wilson was released from the Wake County Jail Saturday morning after posting a $3,375 bail.
Wilson was an undefeated NCHSAA 3A 220-pound state champion wrestler at Orange High during his junior year of 2016-17, while also emerging as a 4-star football recruit as a star linebacker for the Panthers from 2014 through 2017. Wilson earned scholarship offers throughout the ACC, SEC, and elsewhere around the country. Wilson initially committed to North Carolina, but changed his mind during his senior year in the fall of 2017 and switched to N.C. State in the days leading up to National Signing Day.
After redshirting the 2018 season to heal up an injured knee that he suffered near the conclusion of Orange High’s 2017 football regular season, Wilson emerged as a key player on the N.C. State defense this fall as a redshirt freshman. Wilson tied with Tanner Ingle for the NCSU lead in tackles this past season, with 69. Wilson also recorded three pass deflections and was one of just three Wolfpack players to record an interception. He figures to be an integral part of Dave Doeren’s plans for the NCSU defense in the years to come.
“I want to apologize to my coaches, teammates, NC State University and Wolfpack Nation for my actions last weekend,” Wilson tweeted the morning of Tuesday, December 17. “That behavior does not represent who I am as a person and who we are as a team. I sincerely regret it and I look forward to making up for my mistakes!”