Griz safety suspended for game after arrest

MISSOULA (AP) — University of Montana free safety Matt Hermanson has been suspended for the Northern Arizona game on Saturday after being arrested for criminal mischief.

Hermanson pleaded not guilty in Justice Court Monday to charges that he damaged signs near Fort Missoula. He remains free on $500 bond.

Attorney Paul Ryan says Hermanson pleaded guilty to an earlier speeding citation and paid a reduced fine of about $75. Ryan said he expected the criminal mischief charge to be resolved quickly.

Court records say the deputy who arrested Hermanson reported he was intoxicated and thought he was in his home state of South Dakota.

The team announced Hermanson’s suspension Monday afternoon, citing a violation of the student-athlete conduct code. The university statement also included an apology from Hermanson.

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