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Published June 11, 2013, 02:42 PM

Former UND football player arrested Sunday for failing to halt to officer

A former UND football player was arrested early Sunday and cited for failing to halt for a police officer. He bailed out of the Grand Forks County jail later Sunday on the misdemeanor charge.

By: WDAZ Staff Reports, WDAZ

A former UND football player was arrested early Sunday and cited for failing to halt for a police officer. He bailed out of the Grand Forks County jail later Sunday on the misdemeanor charge. According to Lt. Jim Remer, a call came to police about 12:30 a.m. Sunday from the 300 block of Duke Drive of a possible burglary in progress. The area is next to Sertoma Park, just southeast of Ray Richards Golf Course, south of DeMers Avenue.

A nearby resident called in and reported "what sounded like glass breaking," Remer said Monday. When police officers arrived on the scene and set up a perimeter, they saw two men walking in the area. When asked by police to stop, the men "took off running," Remer said. One of the men crossed the English Coulee through the water and was apprehended. He was identified as Kenneth Ray Watkins, Jr., 23, of Fargo, Remer said. He was cited for failing to halt for a police officer and booked into the Grand Forks County jail. A jail spokesman said Watkins bailed out on the misdemeanor charge later Sunday and will appear on the charge at a later date.

The other man, described as a white male, six feet two inches tall, was not caught despite the use of a police dog in the search, Remer said. Evidence was found at a nearby residence of a possible burglary and the investigation continues, Remer said.

Anyone with information about a possible burglary in the area should call police at (701) 787-8000, Remer said. Watkins served 10 days in jail in March 2011 after pleading guilty to misdemeanor charges of for possessing paraphernalia to ingest marijuana and possessing marijuana. He also served five days in the Grand Forks jail in April 2010 on a misdemeanor charge of possessing marijuana paraphernalia. He was a defensive back on UND's football team, playing his senior season in the fall of 2011.

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