UPDATE: Illinois basketball player turns self in after warrant issued for arrest

By Jim Shay

Illinois basketball player Jamar Smith has turned himself in to authorities after prosecutors issued “a petition to revoke” the guard’s probation, according to Capt. Tim Voges at the Champaign County Sherrif’s Department.

An arrest warrant had been issued for Smith on Tuesday after allegedly drinking alcohol this past weekend in violation of his probation. Smith posted the $2,500 bond and will appear in court Wednesday at 1:30 p.m.

According to a news release from the city of Champaign, Champaign police officers responded to the 300 block of E. Green Street at approximately 2:30 a.m. for a report of criminal damage to a local business. Officers then responded to a verbal altercation that was occuring at the intersection of Fourth and Green streets where Smith was located within a crowd of people.

When the officers arrived, they ordered the group which included Smith to clear the area in an attempt to prevent any further altercations. Smith, along with other males, left the area, but allegedly continued to return to the area several times. Police noticed a strong odor of alcoholic beverage coming from Smith while being warned by the police officer a third time. The officer recalled Smith’s probation which ordered him to refrain from the use of alcohol.

Due to the contact, a report was written and forwarded to the Champaign County Probation Department and the State’s Attorney’s Office for review of a probable probation violation.

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Coach Bruce Weber and the athletic department will not comment on the situation until they “learn all the facts,” according to team spokesman Derrick Burson.

The 21-year-old Smith is serving two years of probation after pleading guilty last year to felony driving under the influence causing great bodily harm. Smith served two weeks in jail after driving a car into a tree on Feb. 12, 2007, injuring former teammate Brian Carlwell.

Carwell recently transferred to San Diego State and joined the basketball program.

Champaign County State’s Attorney Julia Rietz says the warrant was issued after police investigated an incident outside a campus bar called Fubar.

Smith is a junior who sat out last season after his guilty plea with a redshirt.

Staff writer Jeremy Werner and The Associated Press contributed to this report