Kentucky WR Johnson Charged With Resisting Arrest

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- A trip to see a hospitalized teammate landed Kentucky receiver Steve Johnson in jail and facing five charges -- including resisting arrest.

Police records show Johnson was arrested at 9:18 p.m. Wednesday in Lexington after an officer spotted him not wearing a seatbelt. When the officer tried to arrest him because of a warrant for unpaid traffic fines, the report says Johnson tried to pull away with his hands and shoulders and was still trying to resist when he was taken to the ground.

Johnson's attorney, Jaron Blandford, entered a not guilty plea on his behalf Thursday in Fayette District Court. The judge scolded Blandford for being late, but Johnson wasn't required to appear.

"At this point this appears to be a traffic situation," Blandford said. "We hope to get it resolved pretty quickly."

Johnson's coach, Rich Brooks, didn't seem overly concerned about the incident, which happened less than three days before the Wildcats open the season Saturday against Eastern Kentucky. Brooks said Johnson was on his way to the hospital to visit cornerback David Jones, who had undergone an emergency appendectomy.

Brooks said Johnson will play Saturday.

"Steve Johnson has been nothing but an outstanding citizen since he's been here, and I expect that will continue," Brooks said. "We'll let this play out in the courts. I'm very comfortable with dealing with this inside about taking care of the ticket. The other stuff may be a little exaggerated."

Besides resisting arrest, Johnson was charged with failing to wear a seat belt, failure to carry insurance and a driver's license and failure to pay a fine for expired tags. Blandford said his insurance, license and tags are up to date.

He was released on bond at 11:15 p.m. Wednesday after paying a fine of $572, which included his bond and a previous fine of $189.

Johnson is scheduled to appear in court Sept. 21 for a pretrial conference.

The senior from San Francisco was competing to be the No. 3 receiver behind Keenan Burton and Dicky Lyons Jr. in the Wildcats' passing game.

He played in all 13 games last year, grabbing 12 receptions for 159 yards and a touchdown. His breakout performance came in the Music City Bowl against Clemson when Johnson caught three passes for 67 yards.

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