Griz free safety pleads not guilty to criminal mischief charge

MISSOULA COUNTY

By Emily Adamson, KECI Reporter, eadamson@keci.com
POSTED: 8:05 AM Sep 23 2013   UPDATED: 5:48 PM Sep 23 2013
Hermanson court
MISSOULA, Mont. -

Montana free safety Matt Hermanson was cited over the weekend for criminal mischief after two signs were damaged in the Fort Missoula area.

Hermanson, 21, was booked into the Missoula County Jail around 2:30 a.m. Sunday and released shortly before 5:30 a.m. after a Missoula County Sheriff's Officer arrested him at Fort Missoula.

Court documents say the officer found Hermanson shirtless, throwing a sign at Fort Missoula and that he admitted he had broken the sign.

The complaint goes on to say Hermanson told the officer he had been drinking with friends and somehow ended up on foot, alone.

Hermanson provided a breath sample and registered at .185% blood alcohol content.

He was arrested for criminal mischief and also had a warrant for a $114 speeding ticket.

Hermanson pleaded not guilty to the charge in Missoula County Justice Court Monday. His attorney told the judge he expects the case to be resolved quickly.

In a press release sent out around 5:30 p.m. Monday, the university announced Hermanson will not travel to Flagstaff, Arizona for Saturday's game against Northern Arizona University.

The release also included this statement from Hermanson:

“I apologize to my coaches, teammates, university, and the community for my actions that have resulted in this suspension. 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.”

Click here to read the full court document.