Two Oregon State football players were arrested after attempting to pay a cab driver with marijuana and them stiffing him altogether, Corvallis police said.
CORVALLIS, Ore. – Two Oregon State football players were arrested after attempting to pay a cab driver with marijuana and them stiffing him altogether, Corvallis police said.
Jimtavis Walker and Star Paddock were charged with assault, robbery, theft of services, harassment and attempted delivery of a controlled substance, said Capt. Jon Sassaman of the Corvallis Police Department.
Sassaman said the two took the cab ride early Friday. When they reached their destination, an off-campus apartment, they apparently didn’t have the cash to pay the $14 fare.
Walker and Paddock attempted to give the cabbie some marijuana, but their offer was refused, Sassaman said. Paddock then handed the driver his credit card, but allegedly took it back before the transaction was complete.
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The players left the cab, pushing the driver when he attempted to stop them, Sassaman said. The cab driver alerted police, who arrested the men at the apartment.
Walker and Paddock have been released from jail. Neither man could be located for comment Thursday.
When asked if police found the marijuana, Sassaman said: “We didn’t find the quantity the cab driver described, but there was some residue found in the residence.”
Walker, a junior from Statesboro, Ga., and Star Paddock, a senior from Gig Harbor, Wash., will be held out of team activities pending further investigation, Oregon State coach Mike Riley said in a statement Thursday.
“I’m very disappointed that this has happened, but I cannot comment further because of the ongoing investigation,” Riley said.
Walker, who transferred to Oregon State from the University of Florida, did not play in 2004 because he had to sit out a season due to NCAA eligibility rules for transfers.
As a freshman at Florida, he played 13 games as a running back and on special teams.
Paddock, who will be a senior, is a walk-on who played sparingly on special teams in 2004.