Nebraska's Lauren Cook arrested
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Nebraska star volleyball player Lauren Cook was arrested on suspicion of leaving the scene of an injury accident and ticketed for driving under suspension after a motorcyclist broke a leg. This was the sixth time she has been ticketed in Nebraska for speeding since 2007.
Cook's car clipped a motorcyclist who was stopped at the side of a road in north Lincoln shortly before noon Sunday, police said. Cook called police eight minutes after the accident, and she was contacted about a half mile from the accident scene, her car disabled because of a shredded front tire.
She was in Lancaster County Jail for three hours before an unidentified person posted $500 bond. Cook has not been charged and was scheduled to appear in court Monday. Leaving the scene of an injury accident is a felony punishable by a maximum of five years in prison, a $10,000 fine or both.
Cook is the daughter of Nebraska women's volleyball coach John Cook.
"She stopped and called 911, tried to do the right thing," John Cook said. "No alcohol, no drugs, she wasn't texting. In no way is this an excuse, but an accident happened and we'll let the legal process go through that."
Lauren Cook's previous speeding ticket was June 1. She has taken two defensive-driving courses. Her license was suspended Oct. 3 for failure to comply. Police spokeswoman Katie Flood said she didn't have details about the suspension.
John Cook said the team returned to Lincoln at 3 a.m. Sunday and that Lauren was on her way to campus to receive treatment from the sports staff.
According to a police report, a motorcyclist and his passenger were stopped at the side of the road when a black SUV hit the motorcycle from behind at 11:51 a.m. Sunday. Cook told police she "just panicked" and didn't stop at the scene. Flood said Cook called police after speaking with her mother, Wendy.
Flood said four of the six tickets issued to Cook since 2007 were for exceeding the speed limit by 11 mph to 15 mph and one was for 16-20 mph.
Her father said he wouldn't announce what, if any, team disciplinary action would be taken against her.
"It's days like this I wish my kid was a sorority girl and then this probably wouldn't be a big deal," John Cook said.
Lauren Cook attended high school in Lincoln and started her college career at UCLA, where she was national freshman of the year in 2009. She transferred to Nebraska in 2010 and was Big 12 newcomer of the year. The junior setter is fourth in the Big Ten in assists for the Huskers, who were ranked No. 1 in the coaches' poll before losing at Penn State on Saturday.
Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press
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