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Originally published March 3, 2011 at 10:45 AM | Page modified March 4, 2011 at 8:47 AM

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Huskies tailback Johri Fogerson arrested on suspicion of resisting arrest and possession of marijuana

Washington tailback Johri Fogerson was arrested Thursday morning and booked into Snohomish County Jail.

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Washington tailback Johri Fogerson was arrested for investigation of possession of marijuana and resisting arrest early Thursday morning. He has since bailed out of the Snohomish County Jail.

Fogerson originally eluded State Patrol troopers on foot but turned himself in less than four hours later.

Fogerson was stopped in Mill Creek around 12:25 a.m. Thursday because a headlight was out on the black Lexus he was driving, according to State Patrol spokesman Trooper Keith Leary. After a State Patrol trooper saw what appeared to be "a baggie" of marijuana inside the car and attempted to place handcuffs on him, Fogerson took off running, Leary said.

Fogerson ran east on 164th Street. Troopers searched for him, but were unable to find him.

Around 3:30 a.m., the State Patrol dispatch center received a phone call from someone saying that Fogerson wanted to turn himself in, Leary said. The caller said Fogerson had been in contact with his mother and she would be present with him when he turned himself in. Shortly before 4 a.m., Fogerson met with troopers at 164th Street Southwest and Meadow Road, Leary said.

"We are aware of an arrest of a member of the UW football team," Huskies coach Steve Sarkisian said in a statement released by the school. "We are still gathering information and, if and when any action is taken on our part, we will have further comment."

Fogerson, 21, was The Seattle Times State Player of the Year as a senior at O'Dea High in 2007 as a running back and safety.

He played safety for the Huskies as a true freshman in 2008, then moved to tailback as a sophomore in 2009, appearing in nine games.

He played in just one game last season, the opener against Brigham Young, before suffering a hip injury that held him out the rest of the season.

Sarkisian had said the school was attempting to get a medical redshirt year for Fogerson so he could regain the year of eligibility.

If healthy, he was expected to contend for a spot in the tailback rotation behind returning starter Chris Polk.

Bob Condotta: 206-515-5699 or bcondotta@seattletimes.com

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