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Crowell arrested on three charges

ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia sophomore tailback Isaiah Crowell remained in jail Friday morning after an arrest on three charges, including two felonies, according to Athens-Clarke County's online jail log.

Per the booking recap report, Crowell was arrested by Athens Clarke-County police and booked at 3:37 a.m. Friday. He is reportedly being charged with possession of a concealed weapon (a misdemeanor), having a weapon in a school zone (a felony) and an altered ID mark on the weapon (felony).

Crowell made $9,500 bond and was released from jail at 12:44 p.m. Friday, according to the Athens-Clarke County log.

The tailback was arrested around 2:20 a.m. when a car he was driving was stopped at a road block set up at the intersection of East Campus Road and Green Street on campus, according to Athens Clarke-County Police spokesperson Hilda Sorrow.

"He came through, and as officers talked with him, they smelled an odor of marijuana," Sorrow said. "So they got all the occupants out, did a consent search of the person and a consent search of the vehicle. No marijuana was found, but during the search of the vehicle a handgun was found under the driver's seat, and it was determined that gun had an altered serial number. So Crowell, who was the driver, was arrested and charged with the three charges."

According to officer Michael Carroll's account in the incident report, Crowell was driving the 2005 Mercury Marquis and stated that the vehicle was his. Crowell reportedly told police that he and the four passengers -- teammates Sheldon Dawson, Quintavius Harrow, Josh Harvey-Clemons and Blake Tibbs -- had been at Club Aftermath in downtown Athens and that was where the smell of marijuana originated.

"I asked him if there had been marijuana in the car that had already been smoked up," Carroll wrote, "and (he) said no and gave the same excuse as having been at the club."

The gun located, per Carroll's account, was a Luger 9mm with the serial number "scratched completely off."

"(Crowell) said that other people drive his car," Carroll wrote. "I asked, other people like those guys in there now, and he said no, other people. He denied knowing the gun was there."

The police account states that Crowell had no criminal history. None of the other four players were arrested or charged in the incident.

UGA coaches have been on vacation this week, and there has yet to be a statement from Mark Richt, but it appears that Crowell could have more pressing concerns than punishment from UGA's football team.

The charge of having a weapon in a school zone stems from a "school safety zone" law that would apply to UGA's campus, and Georgia Code of Law states that "Any person who is not a license holder who violates this subsection shall be guilty of a felony and, upon conviction thereof, be punished by a fine of not more than $10,000.00, by imprisonment for not less than two nor more than ten years, or both."

The Code of Law also states, "A person convicted of the offense of criminal use of an article with an altered identification mark shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than one nor more than five years."

Meanwhile, per a policy outlined in UGA's student-athlete handbook, a felony arrest is cause for "immediate suspension from athletic competition." Recommendations from a "Comprehensive Action Plan Committee" of administrators that will subsequently review the situation "may include, but are not limited to,dismissal from the team, suspension from competition, reduction in aid, and/or cancellation of athletic aid."

A former five-star recruit from Columbus, Ga., Crowell was the SEC's freshman of the year in 2011, rushing for 850 yards. He was listed after spring practice as Georgia's co-No. 1 tailback along with Ken Malcome.

Story updated 12:12 p.m.

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