Ex-OSU player JamesOn Curry's arrest details clarified
BY KELLY HINES World Staff Writer
Friday, January 18, 2008
1/18/08 at 12:08 PM
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Reports that Chicago Bulls rookie JamesOn Curry was arrested early Thursday because he urinated in public are inaccurate, a spokeswoman from the Boise (Idaho) Police Department said.
Police made contact with Curry, 22, after he was seen urinating in an alley outside a hotel about 2:30 a.m., but the former Oklahoma State player was arrested because he ran from an officer, Lynn Hightower said by telephone Friday morning.
“When you run, that creates an Idaho state misdemeanor, and you’re going to get arrested,” she said.
Urinating in public does not warrant arrest in Idaho, Hightower said. Normally a warning or ticket is issued instead.
When approached by a police officer in his patrol car, Curry looked at the officer and started to walk away, according to information provided by the police department. When the officer turned his lights on, Curry looked back and started to run.
The officer got out of his car, identified himself and told Curry to stop running. Curry ran into the hotel and tried to enter a locked door until the officer caught up with him.
Curry was arrested and booked into the Ada County Jail about 3 a.m. Thursday, according to jail records. He was released after posting $300 bond on each count.
The 6-foot, 3-inch guard has been charged with urinating in public and resisting arrest, both of which are misdemeanors. He has until Feb. 7 to enter a plea, according to the Ada County Clerk’s Office.
Curry is not required to return to Boise, Hightower said. He can have an attorney appear in court for either a jury trial or sentencing.
If convicted of resisting arrest, Curry faces a fine of up to $1,000 and up to one year in jail. A conviction of urinating in public carries a fine only.
Those found guilty of urinating in public in Idaho are not forced to register as a sex offender as is the case in some states, Hightower said.
Curry was a second-round draft pick in June after he chose to forgo his senior year at OSU. He played three seasons for the Cowboys and was the team’s second-leading scorer in 2006-07.
The all-time leading scorer in North Carolina high school history, Curry signed with the Cowboys after other scholarship offers were rescinded because he pleaded guilty in April 2004 to felony charges of selling marijuana to an undercover police officer.
Curry has not played in a regular-season NBA game but is averaging 20.2 points and 5.6 rebounds with Iowa Energy, the Bulls’ Development League team.
The Energy and the other 13 league teams have been in Boise this week for the D-League Showcase. Curry scored six points in a loss to Utah on Wednesday night.
JamesOn Currys picture taken after his arrest.