Houston charged with stealing cab

Updated: February 23, 2007, 8:40 PM ET
Associated Press

SEATTLE -- Prosecutors have charged suspended Washington running back Michael Houston with stealing a cab last October.

Houston was charged this week with second-degree taking a motor vehicle without permission -- a Class C felony -- and driving while intoxicated, a gross misdemeanor. Houston is scheduled to be arraigned in King County Superior Court on Monday; it was not immediately known if he had obtained a lawyer.

Houston was suspended indefinitely following his October arrest. According to police reports, Houston, two other men and a woman were picked up by an Orange Cab at a strip club early one 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 last season for Washington as he was required to sit out a year after transferring. He would be eligible for the 2007 season.

Earlier this month, coach Tyrone Willingham said Houston is being included in team activities, but his status for the 2007 season would be determined after criminal proceedings play out.


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