BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (WISH) — Indiana University point guard Xavier Johnson has been arrested for reckless driving and resisting law enforcement, according to Monroe County Sheriff Brad Swain.
Just after 3 a.m. Sunday, a Monroe County sheriff’s deputy saw a Dodge Charger going 90 mph on North Walnut Street, a main thoroughfare through downtown Bloomington.
The deputy tried to pull the Charger over, but the driver refused to stop. The car drove into a parking lot at an apartment complex and ran a stop sign while trying to get away from the deputy.
The car eventually stopped and the deputy saw Johnson, 22, get out of the car and switch seats with a passenger, identified by police as Lee Marrioti.
The two men switched places to give the impression that Mariotti was the person driving away from police instead of Johnson, according to Sheriff Swain.
Johnson was arrested and booked into the Monroe County Corrections Center. He faces a felony charge of resisting law enforcement with a vehicle and a misdemeanor charge of reckless driving. He has since been released from jail.
Marrioti was charged with false informing for saying that he was the driver of the car. He has also been released from jail.
IU basketball player Parker Stewart was also in the car at the time, but was not charged, Swain says. Parker declined to tell police who was driving the car during the pursuit.