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New York Jets wide receiver Chaz Schilens catches a 25-yard touchdown pass while being defended by St. Louis Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson (22) during their game Nov. 18 in St. Louis. Johnson has an interception to go with his 15 tackles this season.

Former Grizzlies football standout and current St. Louis Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson was arrested in Missoula and charged with drunken driving early Friday morning.

Johnson, 23, pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor driving under the influence of alcohol charge in Missoula Municipal Court on Friday afternoon.

Johnson was released from the Missoula County jail around 4 a.m. Friday after posting a $700 bond.

Missoula police officers stopped Johnson’s car around 2 a.m. near the corner of Front and Owen streets because Johnson was driving without headlights on, said Detective Sgt. Travis Welsh.

During the course of the stop, he was arrested for DUI, Welsh said.

The citation issued to Johnson said that he refused a breath test.

He also was cited for driving without headlights. He must appear in Municipal Court on that charge by March 22.

The Rams released a short statement Friday afternoon saying the team is “aware of the situation regarding Trumaine Johnson.”

“We are gathering more information and will have no further comment at this time,” the statement said.

Johnson was a four-year starter for the Griz. He finished his career at UM with 15 interceptions and was first-team all-Big Sky Conference three times.

Johnson was selected by the Rams in the third round of the 2012 NFL draft. He is listed as a cornerback on the Rams online roster. He finished his rookie season with two interceptions and 35 tackles, according to his biography online at stlouisrams.com.

In December 2011, Johnson pleaded no contest to disorderly conduct charges in Missoula stemming from a loud party in October of that year. Johnson was fined and sentenced to 10 days in jail, with that time suspended under conditions that included an order not to commit any other offenses for six months.

Johnson was tased during the incident after he resisted officers’ attempts to get him on the ground. A mandatory internal investigation by the Missoula Police Department showed officers were justified in their use of force.

Calls seeking comment from Johnson’s agent, Joel Segal, were not immediately returned Friday.

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Reporter Jenna Cederberg can be reached at 523-5241 or at jenna.cederberg@missoulian.com.

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