bullwark Posted July 4, 2008 Group: Member Topic Count: 0 Content Count: 2,923 Reputation: 29 Days Won: 1 Joined: 07/12/2003 Share Posted July 4, 2008 Spillman arrested for DUI againCard also faces drug, gun chargesBy Brian Bennettand Andrew Wolfsonbbennett@courier-journal.com Junior wide receiver JaJuan Spillman's career with the University of Louisville football team likely is over after his second arrest in less than 18 months.Spillman, 21, was arrested at 12:08 a.m. yesterday and charged with driving under the influence, possession of marijuana, carrying a concealed weapon and having no insurance, according to court records. Just last month, Spillman pleaded guilty to a marijuana possession charge stemming from his arrest Jan. 31, 2007.In the later incident, Spillman was stopped by police on Shelbyville Road in Middletown because his license plate wasn't illuminated, Louisville Metro Police spokesman Phil Russell said. He took some time to pull over and smelled of marijuana, Russell said.Spillman then failed a field sobriety test and admitted he had marijuana in his possession, Russell said. Police found a marijuana cigarette and a .25-caliber pistol with one round in the chamber in his car, Russell said.Spillman was being held in Metro Corrections on a $5,000 full-cash bond yesterday while awaiting arraignment this morning.The Pleasure Ridge Park High School product, who was suspended for the last half of last season for undisclosed reasons, probably won't play again for the Cardinals. But any official decision will have to wait until coach Steve Kragthorpe returns from a family vacation in Mexico."We are aware of JaJuan's situation," U of L football spokesman Rocco Gasparro said. "Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ JaJuan's situation will be addressed when coach Kragthorpe returns later in the week."The January 2007 arrest occurred shortly after a car accident near campus. According to the police report, Spillman and a passenger admitted they had been smoking marijuana in the car, and police officers found 9.3 grams of the substance. He was charged with DUI and possession of marijuana.That DUI charge was dropped last month, mostly because police couldn't prove he had been smoking right before the accident. But he pleaded guilty to the possession charge and was ordered to pay a $100 fine and attend drug counseling. An August hearing was scheduled to determine whether Spillman was following the terms of his plea bargain.U of L officials said Spillman was disciplined internally after the arrest.Kragthorpe suspended Spillman indefinitely after last season's North Carolina State game. Though Kragthorpe never gave a reason for the suspension, Spillman had been spotted arguing with coaches on the sideline during that game.He was reinstated after the season and participated in spring practice. He was vying for a starting job at wide receiver.One of the fastest players on the team, Spillman caught nine passes for 64 yards and rushed four times for 42 yards last season. He also averaged 22.2 yards on 18 kickoff returns.If he is dismissed, Spillman would become the 21st scholarship underclassman to leave the team since the spring of 2007.Brian Bennett can be reached at (502) 582-7177. Andrew Wolfson can be reached at (502) 582-7189. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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