Georgia tailback Isaiah Crowell was jailed early on Friday morning on three weapons charges, including two felonies.
Crowell was arrested on charges of carrying a weapon in a school zone, and having an altered ID mark, both felonies. He was also booked on a misdemeanor charge of possessing/carrying a concealed weapon.
Crowell's arrest resulted from a vehicle checkpoint on East Campus Road and Greene Street on the UGA campus, around 2:20 a.m., according to Athens-Clarke County spokesman Hilda Sorrow. Crowell was booked at 3:37 a.m. and remains in Clarke County jail, according to the jail's web site, with bond set at $7,500.
As he came through, an officer smelled an odor of marijuana. They did a consent search on the vehicle. No marijuana was found, but a handgun was found below the driver's seat. It had an altered serial number.
Crowell was the driver of the car, which had three other occupants. None of the passengers were arrested.
The arrest triggers an immediate suspension from the team, according to the UGA student-athlete handbook. Football practice doesn't begin until early August. Crowell's status with the team will obviously be evaluated, although it's not clear how long that will take.
This is the latest, and clearly most serious, in a number of incidents to befall the star-crossed tailback from Columbus, who was named the SEC freshman of the year after the 2011 season.
Crowell finished last season with a team-leading 850 rushing yards, but wheezed to the finish, plagued by numerous injuries. He finished spring practice as basically a co-starter at tailback, along with sophomore Ken Malcome. Highly-regarded freshman Keith Marshall and Todd Gurley were brought in as competition as well.
Crowell was the most heralded member of the 2011 signing class, and had an immediate impact on the team. But he was suspended twice, once for a quarter for an unspecified team issue, and then for one game for a positive marijuana test, according to sources.
But Crowell (Carver High) had drawn raves from teammates and coaches since the end of last season for his improved work habits, and the player himself said he had matured.
Head coach Mark Richt was not immediately available for comment. UGA spokesman Claude Felton said UGA officials were aware of the arrest and would have more to say later.
The arrest is also the most serious for a Georgia football player in some time. There have been various misdemeanor arrests, most recently cornerback Branden Smith for marijuana possession. But this is the first felony arrest in several years.