- The Washington Times - Monday, August 29, 2005

Maryland senior guard Chris McCray was arrested over the weekend on multiple charges relating to a late-night disturbance in College Park.

The Terrapins’ team captain was arrested at 3:30 a.m. Sunday after refusing to leave the scene of a fight among a large group outside a College Park bar just off university grounds. Sources close to McCray and Prince George’s County police say McCray lunged into the crowd, was maced by police and tried to escape.

McCray, 21, was charged with resisting arrest, second-degree escape and failure to obey a police order. The escape charge carries a maximum three years and $5,000 fine, while the maximum penalty for failing to obey is 60 days and $500.

McCray was released on personal recognizance following a bond hearing yesterday at the Prince George’s County Courthouse in Upper Marlboro. U.S. District Court Judge Robert Heffron Jr. set McCray’s trial for Nov. 21, which marks the start of the Terps’ participation in the three-day Maui Invitational tournament in Hawaii.

However, a plea bargain or continuance could alter the court date and allow McCray to play. Attorney Gary Neal said he will introduce a motion for discovery today once the police report is completed.

McCray appeared before Heffron via video conference from the nearby jail wearing red prison overalls nearly 34 hours after his arrest. His mother, Shirletta, and a half-dozen friends and relatives appeared in the courtroom along with Terps assistant coach Keith Booth.

Maryland officials declined comment on any sanctions McCray might receive pending the outcome of the case. Terps guard Nik Caner-Medley didn’t lose any playing time last year following his offseason arrest for disorderly conduct in a case that was later dismissed.

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