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Originally published March 11, 2011 at 3:21 PM | Page modified March 12, 2011 at 12:01 AM

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UW football player Johri Fogerson officially charged

Fogerson, a backup running back who played in only one game last season, has been charged with resisting arrest and possession of marijuana

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University of Washington running back Johri Fogerson was officially charged Friday with resisting arrest and possession of marijuana in connection with an incident March 3.

The charges, each misdemeanors, were filed in Snohomish County District Court South Division. Arraignment is set for the end of the month. The charges carry maximum penalties of 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Fogerson was stopped because a headlight was not working. During the stop, officers discovered marijuana, charging papers say. As police attempted to place him in handcuffs, Fogerson ran away. He turned himself in about three hours later.

The charging papers state that Fogerson, when asked why he ran away, said he was "just scared."

It was also learned this week that Fogerson has been indefinitely suspended by UW coach Steve Sarkisian, per school policy.

That policy states that: "When a student-athlete has been arrested or charged with a violation of criminal law, the student-athlete will be placed on administrative suspension from all team activities pending further investigation. If the alleged criminal activity would constitute a misdemeanor offense, the head coach may lift the administrative suspension after obtaining the approval of the sport administrator. If the alleged criminal activity would constitute a felony, the administrative suspension may be lifted only upon authorization of the Director of Athletics."

Fogerson's suspension has not been lifted.

He played in just one game last year as a junior due to a hip injury but was said to be recovered and ready for spring practice, which begins March 29, though he won't participate unless the suspension is lifted.

Fogerson, a 2008 graduate of O'Dea High, was expected to contend for a backup job at running back behind Chris Polk and Jesse Callier.

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