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IU basketball’s Xavier Johnson arrested Sunday morning

IU guard Xavier Johnson was arrested early Sunday morning on charges of resisting law enforcement and reckless driving.

Johnson was released from the Monroe County Jail at 10:32 a.m. on Sunday.

A spokesperson for the IU men’s basketball program released a statement on Johnson’s arrest on Sunday morning.

“IU Athletics and the men’s basketball program are aware of the charges involving Xavier Johnson. IU Athletics will continue to gather facts, cooperate with and monitor the legal process, and take further action as the evolving situation warrants.”

Here is the entire press statement the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office shared with the media on the overnight incident.

“From Sheriff Brad Swain

Shortly after 3:00 AM, a Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputy observed with radar that a Dodge Charger was traveling at 90 miles per hour on North Walnut street. Walnut street is a main thoroughfare through downtown Bloomington. Deputy Kyle Moulden attempted to stop the car, but the driver refused to stop. The car drove into an apartment complex, and ran a stop sign during the continued flight.

The car stopped eventually, and Deputy Moulden observed the driver, identified as Xavier Johnson exit the vehicle and change seats with an occupant. Bloomington Police arrived and assisted in taking three occupants into custody. Indiana University Basketball player Parker Stewart was among the occupants. Indiana University student Lee Marrioti was the occupant who switched places with Mr. Johnson, to give the impression that he was the driver during the pursuit, rather than Johnson.

Xavier Johnson was booked into the Monroe County Correction Center; charged with Resisting Law Enforcement with a vehicle. That is a felony. He was also charged with Reckless Driving, an misdemeanor. He was released from jail on a 2,000 dollar surety bond and a 500 dollar cash bond.

Mr. Marrioti was charged with false informing for making the statement that he was the driver during the flight from police. He has also been released from jail.

Parker Stewart was not charged. He declined to provide a statement on whom was driving the car during the pursuit.

Sheriff Brad Swain”

Johnson started in all 34 games he played in during the 2021-22 season after transferring from Pitt.  He finished second on the team averaging 12.1 points, led the team in assists (172) and steals (40) and was second on the team in 3-point shooting (38.3%).

The 6-foot-3 Johnson averaged 14.2 points, 5.9 assists and shot 41.4% from long distance in the final 17 games of the season.  He has one year of eligibility remaining and is slated to return to the program for the 2022-23 season.

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