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Police accuse USC quarterback of public drunkenness

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(Columbia) February 17, 2007 - A USC quarterback is in trouble. Brand new recruit Stephen Garcia was arrested early Saturday outside of club Knock Knock in Five Points in Columbia.

Police say they were responding to an altercation at about 12:40am when Garcia refused to stop running from an officer. Police say he was drunk. Garcia is 19-years-old.

The officer says when Garcia ran, he tried to hide behind the building in the alley. When the officer caught up to Garcia, according to the incident report, Garcia turned in a threatening manner. The officer engaged his baton but didn't end up using it.

The report says, at the time, Garcia was trying to "zip up his pants and fix his belt." Also, according to the report, the officer noticed a strong odor of alcohol and that Garcia was unsteady on his feet and had slurred speech.

In court Saturday, the judge released Garcia on a personal recognizance bond on the charges of public drunkenness and failing to stop for an officer.

The USC freshman from Tampa, Florida is ranked by most recruiting services as a top 50 player nationally.

Updated 6:18pm by Chantelle Janelle

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