Washington suspends running back indefinitely

Updated: October 24, 2006, 10:39 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

SEATTLE -- Washington sophomore running back Michael Houston has been suspended indefinitely after violating a team policy, coach Tyrone Willingham and athletic director Todd Turner said Tuesday.

According to King County Jail booking records, Houston was arrested early Sunday for investigation of auto theft and was released on Monday. He has not been charged. Houston has a bail hearing Wednesday in King County District Court, the Seatte Times reported.

A release from the university said Houston's status will be re-evaluated after the school conducts its own investigation. The school would not elaborate and Houston was not immediately reachable.

Seattle newspapers, citing police reports, reported that Houston, two other men and a woman were passengers picked up by an Orange Cab at a strip club early Sunday morning. After stopping at a fast-food restaurant, the woman spit on the cab window. When the driver stepped out to call 911, Houston jumped into the front seat and drove off, the police report alleged.

Seattle police found the cab a short time later and saw a man getting out of the vehicle. Houston was arrested and booked into jail.

Houston came to Washington in August after playing as a freshman at Texas. He played in two games for the Longhorns then transferred following the season.

Houston, listed at 5-foot-11, 238 pounds, was not eligible to play this season for Washington as he was required to sit out a year after transferring. He would have been eligible for the 2007 season.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.