Posted: Sep 23, 2013 8:32 PM by MTN News
MISSOULA - University of Montana junior free safety Matt Hermanson has been suspended from UM's upcoming game at Northern Arizona after being arrested following Saturday's win over Oklahoma Panhandle State.
Hermanson appeared in Missoula Justice Court on Monday afternoon to face misdemeanor criminal mischief charges.
The 21-year-old football player was arrested around 1:30 a.m. on Sunday after allegedly damaging two signs in the Fort Missoula area.
Authorities say Hermanson was alone when he broke a wooden Fort Missoula sign and bent a speed limit sign using his hands and feet.
The investigating officer said Hermanson was intoxicated and slurring his words. He provided a breath sample which registered at .185.
Hermanson told officers he was out with friends, drank too much and somehow ended up alone. Officials say he then admitted to breaking the signs.
Hermanson also had a warrant from the City of Missoula for a $114 speeding ticket.
Hermanson is a junior from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and is currently UM's second leading tackler.
The Grizzlies open Big Sky Conference play at NAU on Saturday. Hermanson will not travel with the team.
"I apologize to my coaches, teammates, university, and the community for my actions that have resulted in this suspension," said Hermanson in a statement. "I truly am sorry. I know it is a privilege to be a Grizzly student-athlete and that we are held to a high standard. I am honored to be a student at the University of Montana. I am anxious to resolve this issue and move forward."