U.S. sprinter Jeremy Dodson was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of identity theft, merely a week before heading off to the world championships in Daegu, South Korea.
He currently faces nine charges of felony identity theft, and was released on $10,000 bond. Dodson’s mugshot was taken while in prison, and he is scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 26.
As a condition of his bond, Dodson’s passport was taken away, meaning he will likely not be able to travel to South Korea in time to represent the United States in the 200 meter events, which begin Sept. 2.
According to Dodson’s lawyer, Vince Ewing, this whole arrest is a big misunderstanding. He claims that his client’s identification was stolen and “apparently used by an unidentified person.” And that it was this unidentified person’s conduct that caused authorities to arrest Dodson.
He then went on to say,
“Mr. Dodson looks forward to cooperating with the Boulder district attorney and the Boulder police department during the discovery process… We are confident that after this process, the facts above will come to light and a criminal complaint will not be filed against him.”
Although it is unclear whether Dodson will be able to compete in the international competition, a spokeswoman for the USA Track and Field organization said that they are “seeking more information on his situation” before making a final decision.
Dodson was a former University of Colorado track star and currently serves as their voluntary coach. After finishing third in the U.S. championships, he was invited to represent the nation in South Korea.
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