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February 22, 2007

Gamecock QB recruit suspended after arrest

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COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina quarterback recruit Stephen Garcia was suspended indefinitely Wednesday from participating in team activities less than a week after he was arrested and charged with drunkenness.

The decision by coach Steve Spurrier means Garcia will not be allowed participate in team weightlifting and running sessions until further notice, athletic department spokesman Steve Fink said.

Spurrier would not talk about the arrest or the suspension, Fink said Wednesday.

Garcia, 19, was arrested early Saturday morning in a restaurant and nightclub district near the university and charged with drunkenness and failure to stop for a police officer.

An officer responding to an altercation said Garcia ran away from him and tried to hide in an alley, then turned toward the officer "in a threatening manner," according to an incident report.

Police say Garcia had been at a private party at a club when the incident occurred. Garcia was released from jail on a personal recognizance bond Saturday evening. A hearing on the charges scheduled for Wednesday was postponed until March 7.

The highly touted recruit out of Jefferson High in Tampa, Fla., enrolled at South Carolina last month.

Last year, South Carolina's starting quarterback Blake Mitchell also was charged in an incident in the same area near the campus. He was accused of punching a bouncer - an assault charge that was later dropped - and spent a few hours in jail.

For more coverage of the South Carolina Gamecocks, check out GamecockCentral.com.

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