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Report: Oregon's Harris owed $8,500 in fines

Posted on: July 8, 2011 12:09 pm
Edited on: July 8, 2011 12:53 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

So, hey, remember when Oregon All-American cornerback and punt returner Cliff Harris took a fellow UO employee's rental car for a 118-mile-per-hour joyride? On a suspended license? Earning himself more than $1,600 in fines?

That princely sum would be far more than most college students would be capable of paying, but fortunately for Harris, he's got a very generous mother -- one who has reportedly written a check for the entirety of Harris' fines stemming from the incident.

By paying the ticket, Harris has effectively pled guilty to the charges related to his arrest.

But that little escapade still represents barely more than a sixth of Harris' former total debt in traffic citations and other fines. According to a June 15 report from Eugene station KEZI, until his mother's payment Harris had racked up some 11 unpaid tickets between the courts in Eugene and his hometown of Fresno (Calif.). The grand total owed? $8,527.50.

The breakdown:
Harris has these outstanding fines in Oregon Municipal Court, all of which he was found guilty by default for failing to appear in court. Another court official said the fine amounts below would actually be higher now with interest added, after being sent to Professional Credit Service for collections:

- $471.25 for Minor in Possession of Liquor (sent to collections 2/8/10)

- $408.75 for Speeding (sent to collections 7/26/10)

- $486.25 for Operating without Driving Privileges (sent to collections 7/26/10)

- $486.25 for Driving Uninsured (sent to collections 7/26/10)

These totals are in addition to the $1,575 Harris will likely owe after being cited for driving more than 100 mph with a suspended license Sunday.

Fresno Superior Court records in California also show five more outstanding fines that are still in collections totaling $4486. Those fines are for citations dating from December 20, 2008 to March 23, 2010. All but one took place before he arrived at Oregon as a freshman.
Thanks to the serious nature of Harris' recent speeding arrest -- doing 118 in a 65-mph zone is no joke, as that hefty fine attests -- he had already been suspended for the Ducks' season opener against LSU, and possibly longer.

But with that most recent incident only the latest in a string of run-ins with the traffic courts and considering that Chip Kelly will be doing everything he can to rehab his image in the wake of the Will Lyles allegations, we're now betting on "possibly longer."

Given the long series of off-field incidents Kelly has already had to deal with over the past 16 months, this latest black eye may not give him much choice.

HT: DocSat.

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