Fotu Leiato arrest update: the Oregon linebacker was booked on Wednesday night by University police. The rising senior’s arrest comes just days after he finished up spring football with the Ducks. It appears to stem from a parking violation.
Leiato allegedly removed a boot placed on a vehicle owned by him. There is also a criminal trespassing charge, which is unrelated to the parking boot issue, per University of Oregon police. The department released a statement, via The Oregonian‘s Tyson Alger:
“University of Oregon Police arrested Fotu Leiato, Jr., 21 of Eugene, on April 25 just after 6:30 p.m., at residence at 275 S. Garden Way in Eugene. Leiato was booked into Lane County Jail on charges of second-degree theft, second-degree criminal mischief, and an unrelated warrant out of Eugene Municipal Court for failure to appear on a charge of second-degree criminal trespass. The theft and mischief charges are for the alleged damaging and removal of a parking boot from a vehicle driven be Leiato.”
The Fotu Leiato arrest has him facing three total misdemeanor charges.
According to The Oregonian, he had been arrested back in January as well. That was also for a misdemeanor trespassing charge.
Head coach Mario Cristobal is aware of the arrest. He released a statement earlier:
“We are aware of the situation and are in the process of gathering all of the information,” head 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.”
Leiato impressed in the Ducks spring game on Saturday. He recorded five total tackles, including three sacks.
Last season, he played in all 13 games for the Ducks. He recorded 14 total tackles, including one tackle for loss, and one pass defensed.
In his first two seasons in Eugene, Leiato combined for 23 tackles. The linebacker is originally from Steilacoom, Washington.