November 28, 2012 at 11:46 AM
Jerramy Stevens arrested in Fla., may have violated probation
By Danny O’Neil
Jerramy Stevens was arrested Wednesday in Florida for investigation of violating his probation, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.
Stevens, a former Washington Husky and Seattle Seahawk, was arrested at 10 a.m. at an address listed as his residence on the sheriff’s report. He was booked at 11 a.m., according to records from the sheriff’s office.
Stevens was on probation in Florida, stemming from a drug-possession charge from October 2010. Stevens was playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the time, and he was arrested near the team hotel after an officer found marijuana in a Crown Royal bag in his equipment bag. Stevens was to remain on probation until October 2013.
Stevens had permission to travel to Washington earlier this month, a spokesman for Florida’s Department of Corrections’ Bureau of Probation and Parole Field Services told USA Today last week.
Ann Howard, spokesperson for Florida’s Department of Corrections, said Stevens’ arrest earlier this month for investigation of assault in Kirkland violated his Florida probation. Howard could not say how long Stevens would be held, but in the state of Florida, bail is not an option in instances of parole violation.
Kirkland police identified the victim of the alleged assault as Hope Solo, former Husky and currently goalkeeper for the U.S. Women’s National Soccer team, Stevens appeared before a judge in Kirkland Municipal Court on Nov. 13 and was released without being charged, although the case remains under investigation by Kirkland police.
Stevens married Solo the same day he was released from custody.
Solo spoke with the media Tuesday after a workout with the national team in Portland, describing herself as happily married. She said the media blew the incident out of proportion.
“I would never stand for domestic violence,” she said. “I’ve never been hit in my life.”
Stevens’ arrest Wednesday in Florida is the former Seahawk’s latest run-in with the law.
As a senior at River Ridge High School in Lacey in 1998, Stevens faced a felony assault charge that was downgraded to a misdemeanor, which allowed him to keep his football scholarship at the UW.
As a sophomore at the University of Washington, he was arrested for investigation of sexual assault but never charged. As a junior in 2001, he was cited for reckless driving after crashing into a retirement home and fleeing the scene.
Drafted by the Seahawks in 2002, he was arrested for DUI a year later. He pleaded down to reckless driving.
He was arrested in Arizona in 2007 and later convicted of extreme DUI. His blood alcohol content was measured at twice the legal limit more than two hours after he was pulled over.
He was signed by the Buccaneers that same year. The Bucs released Stevens in October 2010 after his arrest on a felony charge of marijuana possession with intent to sell and possession of drug paraphernalia.
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