Ex-OSU Basketball Player Arrested Outside Arena


UPDATED: Tuesday January 20, 2009 10:25 AM

A former Ohio State University basketball player faces charges after police said he nearly ran over an officer with his car, 10TV News reported on Wednesday.

Matt Sylvester was arrested Friday night after leaving a basketball game at the Schottenstein Center. According to police, Sylvester, 26, made an illegal u-turn on Woody Hayes Drive and ignored an officer's order to stop, 10TV News reported.

Police said Sylvester also ran a red light and drove recklessly on a sidewalk before stopping.

Charges against Sylvester include failure to comply and reckless operation, according to court records.

Sylvester, a Cincinnati native, played for the Buckeyes from 2003-2006. 

During the 2005 season, he drained a game-winning three-pointer that gave Ohio State a victory over No. 1-ranked Illinois.

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