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USC Quarterback Stephen Garcia Suspended Again After Second Arrest

2:44 PM, Mar 5, 2007   |    comments
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WLTX-TV Video Report By WLTX-TV Columbia COLUMBIA, SC -- USC quarterback Stephen Garcia is on indefinite suspension from the football team again, after he was arrested Saturday on charges that he keyed a car. Garcia has been charged with malicious injury to personal property under $1,000. Saturday afternoon, he was booked at the Richland County Detention Center and released on a personal recognizance bond. In the incident report taken by police, 34-year-old Adam Biggs says he saw someone making marks on his car and confronted him. The two reportedly had a verbal confrontation. Biggs is a professor at Claflin University. Police say he and Garcia do not know each other at all and had never met prior to Friday afternoon. According to the incident report, the man identified himself as Garcia and then offered to pay $500 to have the damage fixed. The report also says that person later denied making the marks on the vehicle when questioned by USC police. "He took a key and actually went from one end of the vehicle to the other maliciously damaging that same vehicle," Columbia Police Sgt. Florence McCants said, describing the incident. After Garcia's bond hearing, his lawyer, Neal Lourie, issued the following statement: "Mr. Garcia is a teenager, just graduated from high school three months ago, and just up until recently had never even been in any trouble." Garcia's court date on this charge is March 14. This news comes about two weeks after Garcia was arrested in Five Points. On February 17, he was charged with failure to stop on police command and public drunkeness. Garcia was placed on suspension by USC, but it was lifted after two days. On Saturday USC students said they were shocked to hear the news of Garcia's arrest: "It's kind of disappointing, cause he is supposed to be the best recruit out of Florida for quarterback," said USC Freshman Travis Harris. His friend Jake Carter agreed, saying: "I'm not too happy with the arrests. You know, Garcia's in his first semester here and he's already messing up kind of bad." The Tampa, Florida player was one of the top quarterback recruits in the nation for 2007, and is considered one of the stars of the Gamecocks' recruiting class this year. Head football coach Steve Spurrier released the following statement Saturday: "I need to stay out of this conversation right now and let the legal system run its course. I'll make a decision after that."

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