Police arrest football player

Tim Eggerding

Tim Eggerding

By Lisa Koulias

Sophomore running back E.B. Halsey was arrested on Saturday in Ohio after the car he was driving was reported stolen, according to an article in the Springfield (Ohio) News-Sun on Wednesday.

Halsey was charged with unauthorized use of a stolen vehicle, which is a first-degree misdemeanor. He pleaded innocent in Clark County Municipal Court in Springfield, Ohio, on Tuesday.

“As far as we know, it’s a mistake with rental car papers,” said Illinois sports information director Cassie Arner. “We’ll investigate it; we always do. If there needs to be any discipline after investigating it, we will look into it.”

The 21-year-old sophomore was driving the rented 2004 white Mercury Sable on Interstate 70 when he was stopped in Madison County by the Ohio State Highway patrol for driving 92 mph in a 65 mph zone, according to the story. The trooper who stopped Halsey did not know that the car was reported stolen until after he let Halsey go, the story said.

Halsey was later stopped and arrested by troopers after they were notified that the car was reported stolen, according to the article.

The two passengers in the car, Gustavo Mina and Darryl Gent of Elizabeth, N.J., – Halsey’s hometown – were found with marijuana on them, the News-Sun story said. Both were charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and use and possession of marijuana, the story said.

Halsey was the Illini’s second-leading rusher in 2004. He ran for 461 yards and five touchdowns.