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USF reliever arrested, charged in hit-and-run



USF senior reliever Kevin Quackenbush, who led the Bulls with 25 appearances last season, was arrested early Sunday morning near USF's campus and charged with a felony count of leaving the scene of an accident with injury. He is accused of hitting a Tampa Police cruiser, which flipped three times and landed in a ditch, according to police reports, with the officer suffering a laceration to his head.

Quackenbush, 21, was found at his apartment at 3:30 a.m., about a half-hour after the collision, and according to police reports, admitted he had been driving and didn't stop because "he was scared." He was booked into county jail at 6:03 a.m. and released at 8:39 a.m. on $2,000 bond.

UPDATE: USF baseball coach Lelo Prado released a statement Sunday afternoon saying he was aware of the situation and that Quackenbush had been "immediately and indefinitely suspended from all team activities."

According to police reports, Officer David Michelson was driving north on McKinley near Adventure Island at 2:59 a.m., when Quackenbush, driving a 2002 Dodge Ram, violated his right of way, hitting the left side of the cruiser with the front of his car. The cruiser hit a curb and flipped three times before coming to rest in a ditch, according to the report. Quackenbush continued to his apartment in the Province South complex, about a mile south of USF's campus.

Quackenbush went 2-5 last season for USF with a 4.28 ERA and four saves. The Jesuit graduate is expected to contribute out of the bullpen again for the Bulls, who open their 2011 season in February. A USF spokesperson declined to comment when notified of the arrest Sunday morning. 

[Last modified: Sunday, October 31, 2010 1:35pm]


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