Illinois RB Jason Ford arrested

Updated: April 26, 2011, 2:16 PM ET
By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com

Illinois running back Jason Ford was arrested early Sunday in Champaign, Ill., on suspicion of driving on a suspended license.

University of Illinois Police Lt. Roy Acree said Tuesday that Ford was arrested at 2:12 a.m. CT Sunday. That's when police discovered a warrant in nearby McLean County, Ill., for failure to appear in court to answer the July 2010 charge. Ford is free on $300 bond.

Acree says police arrested Ford after being called to a parking garage over an argument. No one was arrested in the argument but officers discovered the warrant during a routine check.

"We are aware of the situation and are allowing Jason to work through this issue," Illini coach Ron Zook said in a prepared statement. "Any disciplinary action will be handled internally."

Ford earlier pleaded guilty to driving with a suspended license on campus in April 2010.

Ford entered spring practice as the front-runner to win the starting job after Mikel Leshoure left for the NFL. But a bruised knee limited Ford during the spring session, which wrapped up Saturday, and offensive coordinator Paul Petrino says he needs to see more from the senior this summer.

Ford has rushed for 1,362 yards and 19 touchdowns on 277 career attempts.

Adam Rittenberg covers the Big Ten for ESPN.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.