Wes Brown suspended by Terps

Updated: July 8, 2013, 6:44 PM ET
By Brett McMurphy | ESPN.com

Maryland sophomore running back Wes Brown was suspended from the program after his arrest Wednesday, the school announced.

Brown was arrested for second-degree assault on an officer, misdemeanor theft and illegal use of wiretapping, University of Maryland police spokesman Marc Limansky told ESPN.

Limansky told ESPN that Brown was being questioned on Wednesday by Baltimore police officials. Brown swung at an officer and missed, then pushed the officer and fled from the scene.

Police officers pursued Brown for a "few minutes" before Brown was caught, Limansky said.

Limansky would not comment why the Baltimore police officials were initially questioning Brown. Several Baltimore-area media reports said that Brown was being questioned because he is a person of interest in a non-fatal shooting investigation.

The illegal wiretapping charge was for recording the conversations of the police officials without their knowledge, Limansky said. If guilty, illegal wiretapping is punishable up to five years in prison and/or a fine up to $10,000.

The theft charge was because Brown had taken a cell phone from another Maryland student before meeting with the police, Limansky said. Brown used that phone to record his conversation.

Brown started two games last season and was the Terps' second-leading rusher. He was listed as a co-starter after spring drills, which he couldn't participate in because of an ankle and shoulder injury.

"We are extremely concerned that one of our student-athletes, Wes Brown, was arrested Wednesday evening," Maryland said in a statement. "This is a matter that we take very seriously. We have been in contact with the local authorities and will continue to cooperate throughout the entire process.

"The University of Maryland has suspended Brown, and he is not permitted to participate in any athletic-related activities. Since this is a pending investigation, we will refrain from having any further comment at this time."

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