K-State running back Patton arrested on earlier charges

Kansas State junior running back Leon Patton was arrested early this morning for outstanding warrants for theft and failure to appear.

According to Riley County Police Lt. Kurt Moldrup, Patton was issued a citation for driving with a suspended license during a routine traffic stop at 2:14 a.m. He was found to have a warrant issued in Pottawatomie County for a Nov. 30, 2007, theft. The failure-to-appear charge was for an unpaid parking ticket in Manhattan.

Patton, who ran for 390 yards and four touchdowns in 2007, is expected to be the starting running back for the Wildcats in 2008.

Coach Ron Prince did not comment. K-State sports information director Kenny Lannou said the matter would be handled internally and not until the legal process had run its course.