Garcia arrested in altercation

Less than a month into his career at South Carolina, freshman quarterback Stephen Garcia was arrested Friday night outside of Sharky's in Five Points. The Tampa, FL native was released Saturday afternoon from the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center on $465 bond.

Garcia, who graduated early from high school to make the move to Columbia, was outside of the bar at 12:40 a.m. when police confronted Garcia after receiving a report from a "concerned citizen."

In the police report, officers said Garcia was "unsteady on his feet and had slurred his speech." He was also attempting to zip up his pants and fix his belt. The report said Garcia smelled of alcohol and tried to walk away from police as they tried to talk to him.

Police charged the 19 year-old with public drunkenness and failure to stop on police command. He was transported to the Glenn Detention center where he was released after a 3 p.m. bond hearing on Saturday.

Garcia becomes the second Gamecock quarterback to be arrested in Five Points, following Liberty Bowl MVP Blake Mitchell, who was arrested before the Florida Atlantic football game last season.

Garcia's trial will be on Wednesday at 8 a.m. at the city court house on Washington Street in Columbia.

Along with his lawyer, some childhood friends and family a representative, Garcia and those around him declined to release a statement following arraignment.

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