LANE | Hatcher dismissed from UK football team following arrest on drug charges
The Junior Defensive End from Louisville is charged with trafficking in marijuana.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Jason Hatcher has been dismissed from the UK football team after he was arrested in connection with drug charges.
UK coach Mark Stoops announced Hatcher's dismissal on Monday morning. The dismissal was due to "violation of team rules," and officials had no additional comment. Hatcher, 21, was a defensive end/linebacker for UK's football team.
The Louisville native and Trinity grad was arrested early Monday morning in Franklin County, according to Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton.
Police say an officer saw Hatcher's vehicle speeding. A radar recorded the vehicle going 81 miles per hour in an area where the speed limit was 70. Police stopped the vehicle and a deputy smelled a strong odor of marijuana.
A deputy was going back to get gloves from his vehicle, when he noticed Hatcher using a light from his cell phone inside his car.
"When the deputy came back up, he had marijuana all over his lap. When he asked him to step out, obviously something was abnormal, he had stuck a quarter pound of marijuana down his pants, and then there was three quarters of a pound over in a bag in the passenger floorboard of the vehicle," Sheriff Melton told WDRB's Tamara Evans.
Sheriff Melton says Hatcher told police that he was taking the marijuana to a friend.
"Wanted to do something else and try to work it out or anything else, and obviously we don't- you've got that much marijuana and doing that- we don't care who you are, you're gonna go to jail," said Sheriff Melton.
Hatcher was arrested and charged with speeding, trafficking in marijuana and tampering with physical evidence. He was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was taken to the Franklin County Jail.
Franklin County court officials say he was released on his own recognizance after pleading not guilty in court.
We're told the judge ordered him to report for drug screenings and to be back in court in March.
Hatcher was once a football standout at Trinity High School in Louisville before committing to the University of Kentucky.
He was cited by U of L police officers in 2014 for marijuana possession at the Cardinal Towne Apartments. The charges were later dismissed.
The 6-foot-3-inch, 252-pound junior defensive end was suspended for UK's first two games of this past season for violating team rules. He recorded 47 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks in 21 games with the Wildcats.
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