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Former KU basketball star Josh Jackson arrested at music festival in Miami

Former Kansas star basketball player Josh Jackson was arrested late Friday night at a music festival in Miami Gardens, Florida, when he allegedly ran from an off-duty police officer who had handcuffed him for repeatedly attempting to access a VIP area without a proper pass.

According to the Miami-Dade County Clerk of Courts, Jackson was charged Monday with felony escape and misdemeanor resisting arrest. He has posted $1,000 bond.

An arraignment hearing for Jackson, the No. 4 overall pick by the Phoenix Suns in the 2017 NBA Draft, has been set for June 10.

According to a Miami-Dade Police Department arrest affidavit, the officer told Jackson “multiple times that he could not enter the area with the proper pass and needed to leave the area.”

The affidavit said Jackson left, but returned “a few moments later still without the proper pass” and pulled away from the officer, who had grabbed Jackson’s arm and told him he had to leave.

Jackson was then handcuffed, according to the affidavit, and told to sit on a golf cart. When the officer stepped away, Jackson started to walk away. The officer told Jackson to sit down, but he ran and a foot chase ensued. Jackson escaped the officer but was later located and detained by other officers, according to the affidavit.

During his only season with the Jayhawks, Jackson was charged in 2017 with one misdemeanor count of criminal property damage after prosecutors alleged he kicked the driver’s door and rear taillight of a car driven by a KU women’s basketball player. He pleaded not guilty and entered into a one-year diversion program.

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