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Originally published May 27, 2011 at 12:35 PM | Page modified May 28, 2011 at 2:07 PM

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Washington running back Johri Fogerson pleads guilty to resisting arrest

Washington football player Johri Fogerson pleaded guilty to resisting arrest and was fined $150. A 90-day jail sentence was deferred. A charge of marijuana possession was dismissed.

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University of Washington running back Johri Fogerson recently pleaded guilty to resisting arrest, paying a $150 fine, but had a charge of marijuana possession dropped in connection with an arrest on March 3.

Those outcomes conclude the legal proceedings resulting from an incident in which Fogerson was arrested and later charged in Snohomish County District Court's South Division with resisting arrest and marijuana possession

Snohomish County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Kathy Jo Blake said the court imposed 90 days jail to Fogerson for resisting arrest, but deferred all 90 days for three months on the condition he has no new criminal law violations and pays the $150 fine.

Blake said the possession of marijuana charge was dismissed "pursuant to office standards and the defendant showing proof he completed alcohol and drug information school."

Fogerson had been scheduled for court dates next month.

Fogerson was stopped on March 3 because a headlight wasn't working. During the stop, officers discovered marijuana, charging papers say. As police attempted to place him in handcuffs, Fogerson ran away. He later turned himself in about three hours later.

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

Fogerson was initially indefinitely suspended by UW coach Steve Sarkisian in accordance with school athletic department policy.

Fogerson, however, was allowed to take part in spring practice, Sarkisian explaining, "We're not playing right now. ... there are still some things down the road that need to get cleared up. But in the meantime he is a student at our campus and part of our football team and we are practicing, so he is practicing with us. ... We're not playing a game right now, I don't have to worry about lifting any suspensions."

It was not immediately known if the resolution of Fogerson's case changes his suspension.

Washington opens the season Sept. 3 at Husky Stadium against Eastern Washington.

Fogerson, a graduate of O'Dea High School, missed all but one game last season while battling a hip injury.

But he had some solid performances in the spring, including a team-high 72 yards on 12 carries in UW's annual spring game April 30. Junior Chris Polk is the starter at tailback, but Fogerson, listed by the school as a senior, is in the group battling for playing time in the backfield, either as a backup to Polk or in other roles.

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

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