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Police: UNLV’s Morgan was erratic, tried to fight during arrest


L.E. Baskow

UNLV forward Dwayne Morgan (15) is pleased with his team’s performance over Northern Arizona during their game at the Thomas & Mack Center on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016.

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Dwayne Morgan

UNLV basketball player Dwayne Morgan was taken into custody after acting erratically in front of police, trying to enter both a squad car and then another vehicle after a “verbal tirade” against a cab driver, according to a Metro Police arrest report.

Morgan was booked on one count of disorderly conduct, which carried a $1,000 bail, police said.

The cab driver pulled into the Metro’s Convention Center Area Command, 750 Sierra Vista Drive, near the Strip, about 6:40 a.m. last Saturday, police said.

The driver wanted Morgan to get out of his vehicle and was going to let him go without paying his fare, because he didn’t want to drive him any longer, police said.

Morgan, who was described as being “erratic,” continued a “verbal tirade,” police said. He then walked over to a patrol vehicle “apparently thinking he could use it to drive home.”

When police instructed him to walk away, Morgan approached a citizen’s vehicle and tried to get in the front passenger’s side, according to the report. That’s when police took him into custody.

While he was being arrested, Morgan tried to fight the citizen whose vehicle he’d tried to get into, police said.

He was booked at the Clark County Detention Center one a misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct, police said. He bailed out a few hours later.

During the incident, Morgan was on the phone with Rebels coach Marvin Menzies, a source told the Las Vegas Sun.

UNLV later suspended Morgan indefinitely.

“We are aware of the situation regarding UNLV men’s basketball student-athlete Dwayne Morgan and are continuing to gather all of the facts,” the university said via release. “Coach Menzies has met with Dwayne and he has been suspended indefinitely from all basketball activities.”