Larry Burton (Syndicated Writer) Mark Barron was home this weekend in Mobile when he was arrested on charges of hindering prosecution, a misdemeanor charge.
What is Hindering Prosecution? Here is the definition according to Alabama law:
Title 13A-Criminal Code Chapter 10 - Offense Against Public Administration
Section 13-A-10-44 Hindering Prosecution in the Second Degree
Hindering prosecution in the second degree.
(a) A person commits the crime of hindering prosecution in the second degree if with the intent to hinder the apprehension, prosecution, conviction or punishment of another for conduct constituting a Class C felony or a Class A misdemeanor, he renders criminal assistance to such person.
(b) Hindering prosecution in the second degree is a Class A misdemeanor.
(Acts 1977, No. 607, p. 812, §4637; Acts 1979, No. 79-471, p. 862, §1.)
Police or Mobile administration would not give details to this minor violation, but clearly they felt that Barron was not co-operating with them with whatever information they needed to obtain from him.
He was released minutes after his arrest with a small $500 bond and should be able to be back in Tuscaloosa for the start of spring practice on Monday.
He will not participate in many drills, however, as he is still recovering from a torn chest muscle.
Barron was slated to be the starting strong safety this year as he led the team in tackles last year with 75 tackles.
There is no comment from Nick Saban or Alabama at this time.
More news when it becomes available.
* LATE SUNDAY EVENING UPDATE *
Police now confirm that Barron was uncooperative in the investigation of a one car accident. A car allegedly driven by Barron's cousin struck a barrier and the cousin left the scene. Police knew that Barron was aware of who had driven the car, but he would not give authorities the name of that person.
Police said they all but begged him to simply give up the person to avoid being arrested, but Barron refused and was arrested and quickly released.
Police acknowledge that Barron did not drive the car or was not involved in any crime, but was just uncooperative to Police in the completion of their duty.