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February 21, 2007 at 9:27 PM

Houston charged

It took a while, but the King County Prosecutor’s office finally levied charges against Husky running back Michael Houston this week in connection with the cab stealing incident in Shoreline last October.
Houston was charged with one count of taking a motor vehicle without permission in the second degree, a Class C felony, as well as driving while intoxicated, a gross misdemeanor.
The official charging papers say that the two crimes were so closely connected in respect to time, place and occasion that it would be difficult to separate proof of one charge from proof of another.
Houston will be arraigned in King County Superior Court on Monday and faces up to two months in jail if convicted of both charges.
Here’s the background on the incident from last October.
One interesting aspect of the charging pieces is that it states that as of Jan. 4, 2007, Houston has no known criminal history.
Houston transferred to UW from Texas last August and sat out last season as a redshirt before being suspended. UW coach Tyrone Willingham said earlier this month that Houston was returning to normal team activities though his playing status depended on the outcome of the cab case.
Rumors have circulated since then that Houston is contemplating leaving the team. Reached Wednesday, Houston wouldn’t comment on his status with the team, saying only he would have more to say at a later date.
A UW spokesman said Wednesday there was no official change in Houston’s status with the Huskies.
Houston was expected initially to help fill the depth at a thin position. But UW signed five running backs earlier this month and J.R. Hasty appears to be fully back in the fold, meaning the potential loss of Houston would be mitigated a bit.

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