UW football player arrested after running from law, say troopers

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by JAKE WHITTENBERG / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on March 3, 2011 at 12:16 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 3 at 9:08 PM

MILL CREEK, Wash. – University of Washington running back Johri Fogerson was arrested Thursday morning for investigation of possession of marijuana and resisting arrest after he ran off following a traffic stop.

Fogerson was stopped by a state trooper in the Mill Creek Area because the Lexus he was driving was missing a headlight, according to the state patrol.

"Getting the paperwork from the driver and the vehicle registration, the trooper sees some marijuana in the vehicle, or a baggie of it," Trooper Keith Leary said.

After being handcuffed, Forgerson allegedly ran away, was chased and eventually got away from the trooper. But about three hours later, Forgerson decided to turn himself in.

"Some phone calls had transpired either from his mother or to his mother or something to that affect, where he wanted to turn himself in," said Leary.

Before going to UW, Forgerson was a star player at O'Dea High School in Seattle. He played two years at UW and was knocked out early last season with an injury.

"I think deep down Johri is a good kid, but we've got to find out the specifics of everything before we can pass any judgement," head football coach Steve Sarkisian said. "We'll sit down with his family and get to the point where we are all on the same page of whatever happened and where we are going to go from there."

WSP couldn't immediately say if Forgerson was under the influence when he was pulled over. He is facing charges of possession of marijuana and resisting arrest.

His mother, who is a Seattle police officer, paid to bail her son out of the Snohomish County Jail.

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