Jarrett And Herring Inadvertently Detained By Police, But Soon Released

Aug. 15, 2006

USC wide receiver Dwayne Jarrett and offensive tackle Thomas Herring were briefly detained by police on Tuesday (Aug. 15) morning en route to practice after they were picked up by a female driver in a car that they didn't know was under investigation.

The players were soon released after police realized they weren't involved in any wrongdoing.

Both players were walking to the Trojans' morning practice about 8 a.m. when a woman recognized them and offered them a ride a couple blocks from campus. As the players were being dropped off, police swarmed the vehicle and handcuffed the woman, Jarrett and Herring.

'Apparently, there was an investigation on the car,' said USC football coach Pete Carroll. 'Everyone was immediately handcuffed, as is procedure. LAPD handled it beautifully, very professionally. When the police realized our guys were not involved, they were let go. But for a moment, they had quite a scare. They were scared to death. The lesson is don't take rides from strangers.'

The female driver was questioned by police, but not arrested.

Jarrett and Herring both then attended the morning's practice.

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