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Moss arrest just one of many negative incidents

November 5, 2002
Senior tailback Dawan Moss lies on the field in Spartan Stadium as the ball bounces from an incomplete pass during MSU —

A day after Dawan Moss was arrested and dismissed from the MSU football, details of the incident have become clearer.

Early Sunday, the co-captain was charged with second-offense drunken driving, fourth-degree fleeing and eluding and resisting and obstructing a police officer.

He was arrested after leaving the Fake the Funk After Party at the Lansing Center, 333 E. Michigan Ave., in Lansing.

Moss spent the night in Lansing City Jail and was released on $500 bond.

Fleeing and eluding is a felony, and if convicted, Moss could face up to two years in prison. Moss has a court date set for Nov. 13.

Police said Moss was stopped because his car was blocking traffic, and they noticed alcohol on his breath. An officer reached into the car to grab the shifter, and Moss dragged the officer and then hit a police car, Lansing police Capt. Ray Hall said.

“What happened was officers noticed one of the officers was initially being dragged by Mr. Moss’ vehicle,” Hall said. “So they blocked the street and Mr. Moss ran into one of the patrol cars that was blocking the street.”

Moss took a Breathalyzer, but Hall said those numbers aren’t released.

Moss couldn’t be reached for comment.

Moss was dismissed from the team Sunday afternoon.

This season Moss converted from fullback to tailback and rushed for 592 yards on 125 carries. He also scored four touchdowns.

The dismissal was just another negative incident to plague the Spartans in recent weeks.

Moss’ arrest came 11 days after junior quarterback Jeff Smoker was suspended indefinitely for violating team rules, which eventually his family revealed as a substance abuse problem.

Senior defensive end Greg Taplin was suspended for the Michigan game for violating training rules.

MSU suffered a 49-3 drubbing at Michigan Stadium on Saturday, its worst loss in 47 years, and Monday night, MSU athletics director Ron Mason fired Bobby Williams.

With all the negative incidents creating a gray cloud over the Spartan football team, media can no longer request interviews with certain players. MSU Sports Information announced on Monday that they will chose players available for comment for the rest of the season. The decision comes on the heels of numerous media calling players at home Sunday. evening.

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