UO football player jailed, accused of removing parking boot from his vehicle
EUGENE, Ore. - Police jailed a senior University of Oregon football player Wednesday on three misdemeanor counts accusing him of damaging and removing a parking boot from his car.
University of Oregon Police booked Fotu Leiato, 21, into the Lane County Jail Wednesday.
“We are aware of the situation and are in the process of gathering all of the information," head football coach Mario Cristobal said in a statement. "We hold our student-athletes to high standards and will take appropriate action once all of the facts have been reviewed.”
UO Police said Leiato damaged and removed a parking boot from his car. Law enforcement sometimes use parking boots to immobilize vehicles parked illegally. The details of what led to the boot being placed on the vehicle are not known.
Police arrested Leiato at his home around 6:30 p.m. on charges of Theft 2 and Criminal Mischief 2 in the case of the boot. He was also booked on a warrant charging him with failure to appear in court on a charge of Criminal Trespass 2.
Leiato played in all 13 games last season at outside linebacker and expected to compete to start this season.