Griz safety Hermanson arrested for criminal mischief

2013-09-23T06:00:00Z 2013-10-21T17:00:05Z Griz safety Hermanson arrested for criminal mischief missoulian.com

The starting free safety for the Montana Grizzlies football team was arrested early Sunday morning on a charge of misdemeanor criminal mischief.

Matt Hermanson, 21, was booked into the Missoula County Jail at 2:30 a.m. and released on bond a few hours later.

Sheriff Sergeant Jeremiah Peterson said the charge stemmed from damage to two signs in the Fort Missoula area.

“It looks like one sign was broken and another was bent,” Peterson said.

He said he was “fairly positive alcohol was involved.”

Hermanson also had a warrant from the City of Missoula for a $114 speeding ticket.

“I don’t know all particulars,” Montana athletic director Kent Haslam said. “He had a speeding ticket from a few years back that he never resolved and last night he was cited for criminal mischief.”

“We’ll find out more about it and get together as the athletic conduct team and decide what we’ll do,” Haslam said, adding that Coach Mick Delaney can impose additional sanctions if he feels they are warranted.

The junior from Sioux Falls, S.D., recorded four tackles in the Grizzlies’ 47-14 home victory Saturday over Oklahoma Panhandle State. Hermanson is UM’s second-leading tackler through three games with 17, three behind linebacker Brock Coyle.

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