Former Kennedy star Kaylon Williams arrested

Basketball player leads police on foot chase

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Former prep basketball standout Kaylon Williams was arrested in Cedar Rapids early Wednesday on suspicion of drunken driving after a short police chase.

Williams, 22, who played at Kennedy High School and last season at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, was taken into custody around 1:40 a.m. after driving off from a traffic stop and then running from officers, police said.

He had a blood-alcohol content of 0.228, according to a criminal complaint, or nearly three times the legal limit.

Sgt. Cristy Hamblin said Williams eventually was tackled by a police K-9 unit dog near the corner of 19th Street and A Avenue NE. He was not injured.

"He had some scrapes from jumping over fences and from being tackled," Hamblin said. "But he wasn't bitten."

According to the police report, an officer stopped a car driven by Williams in the 1800 block of First Avenue East because it did not have a front license plate. As the officer was approaching the vehicle, Williams sped off and turned south on 19th Street SE, police said.

Williams attempted to turn east on Linden Drive SE, but ran off the street onto the grass and then came back onto the street, police said. At that point, officers said Williams jumped out of the car without putting it in park and ran away. A passenger, later identified as the registered owner of the car, got into the driver's seat and was able to stop the car.

Police lost sight of Williams during the footchase, but later saw him cross First Avenue East at 19th Street. A K-9 unit dog was released and found Williams, police said.

Officers said in addition to smelling of alcohol, Williams had red, bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and was unsteady on his feet, according to the report.

Williams was arrested on suspicion of operating while intoxicated, attempting to elude, interference with official acts and no proof of insurance. Police said Williams did not have a valid driver's license, and also was cited for violating the restrictions of his instruction permit. He was transported to the Linn County Jail.

No one was hurt during the chase, and no property damage was caused, police said.

Williams landed at Wisconsin-Milwaukee this past season after stints at Kirkwood Community College and the University of Evansdale (Ind.). He started all 33 games for the Panthers as a junior and led the Horizon League in assists.

“We are aware of the situation involving Kaylon Williams,” Wisconsin-Milwaukee coach Rob Jeter said in a statement. “We are disappointed and will take appropriate action as we gather more information and the legal process runs its course.”

At Kennedy High School, Williams averaged 17.4 points and 8.1 assists per game as a senior to lead the Cougars to a fourth-place finish at the state tournament. He left as the school's all-time assist leader and the third-leading scorer.

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