Wednesday, February 20, 2013
UF's Harris arrested for missing court date
By Michael DiRocco
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida basketball player Damontre Harris was arrested early Wednesday morning on a warrant for failing to make a scheduled court appearance.
Gainesville Police Department spokesman Ben Tobias said officers stopped a car that ran a red light at University Boulevard and Main Street at about 2 a.m. The officers performed a routine driver's license check and found an outstanding arrest warrant for Harris. He was arrested and was booked into the Alachua County Jail at 2:30 a.m.
UF spokesman Denver Parler said coach Billy Donovan is aware of the situation, but Parler would not elaborate on whether Harris has been suspended.
The arrest warrant was issued because Harris missed an Aug. 16, 2012, arraignment appearance in Alachua County court stemming from a citation he was issued by University of Florida Police on July 15, 2012 for driving without a valid driver’s license.
Harris was stopped at 2:50 a.m. on Stadium Road near Woodlawn Drive on UF’s campus.
The 6-foot-10 Harris is sitting out this season after transferring from South Carolina. Harris averaged 5.3 points and 4.6 rebounds in two seasons with the Gamecocks. He was named to the SEC’s All-Defensive team in 2012 after averaging 6.8 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game.