Soso Jamabo, a star athlete at Plano (Texas) West and a UCLA football recruit, was released on $7,500 bond Sunday afternoon following an overnight arrest for fleeing police in a vehicle, the Kaufman County sheriff’s office said.
Jamabo, 19, was booked around 2:30 a.m. ET and might have attended the school prom Saturday night. A photo posted on Twitter on Saturday showed Jamabo in a suit and a girl in a long gown and she referred to it as “prom.”
Initial reports said Jamabo was being held on a series of charges, including speeding and driving without a license, but Kemp Police Chief Robert Walker said Jamabo was only charged with fleeing police in a vehicle. He was given written warnings for minor consumption and possession of alcohol, speeding, disregarding a stop sign and not having his license with him.
Walker said a Ford pickup being driven by Jamabo exited Texas State Highway 175 at a high rate of speed and then ignored a stop sign at the off ramp when the police attempted to pull him over. He said the car continued to speed and was “passing vehicles in the turning lane and swerving.” He then said the occupants began throwing items out of the windows of the car.
Walker said Jamabo showed “total disregard for public safety of others on the road.”
Jamabo, who given name is Sotonye Josiah Jamabo, eventually stopped and got out of the car as instructed. He was in the car with a 19-year-old male, an 18-year-old female and a juvenile, police said. The three passengers were given citations for being minors in possession of alcohol and minor consumption of alcohol and released. Jamabo was handcuffed and taken to the Kaufman County jail.
UCLA Associate Athletic Director Josh Rupprecht said in a statement that the university is “currently gathering more information.”
“As this is a continuing process, we will withhold further comment until the appropriate time,” he said.
Jamabo, one of the nation’s most coveted football recruits, ran for 2,279 yards and 44 touchdowns as a senior and was named an American Family Insurance ALL-USA first-teamer. He also was a starter on the Plano West basketball team that won the 6A state title.