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Saturday, June 10, 2023

Six months after he didn’t appear in court for driving without a valid driver’s license, a UF basketball player was arrested early Wednesday morning.

The arraignment, which was scheduled for August, was a result of a citation issued by University Police on July 17 to Damontre Harris, 21, according to court records from the Alachua County Clerk of the Court’s website.

At about 2 a.m. Wednesday, a Gainesville Police officer stopped Harris’ car after he ran a red light at the intersection of University Avenue and Main Street, said GPD spokesman Officer Ben Tobias.

The officer ran Harris’ driver’s license and noticed there was an Alachua County Sheriff’s Office warrant out for Harris’ arrest, Tobias said.

Harris, who transferred to Florida from South Carolina, is sitting out the season due to NCAA transfer rules.

A University Athletic Association spokesman said coach Billy Donovan is aware of the situation.

After deputies arrested Harris, they booked him into the Alachua County Jail with a $2,500 bond at about 2:30 a.m., according to the report. Harris was released at 2:44 p.m. on his own recognizance, a jail official said.

His arraignment is scheduled for March 14, according to court records.

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