A former University of Oklahoma running back arrested last month is now facing a felony assault charge that could send him to prison for five years.
Oklahoma County prosecutors allege Roy Finch struck a police officer on April 15 during an altercation at an apartment complex in south Edmond. Finch, 26, of Oklahoma City, was charged Wednesday with assault and battery upon a police officer.
Edmond police arrived at the complex about 6:30 a.m. and found Finch in a vehicle “passed out behind the wheel,” police reported in a court affidavit.
Officers knocked on the window and had Finch step out of the vehicle. The vehicle smelled of marijuana, police reported.
“The defendant was argumentative and kept stating that his father was a doctor and that his name was Roy Finch,” police reported.
When one officer tried to handcuff Finch, he spun around, attempting to strike the officer in the face, police reported. Finch fled on foot through the complex after pushing the officer down, according to the affidavit.
Officers later found Finch at the complex and attempted to subdue him with stun guns, which were ineffective, police reported. At that point, multiple officers were able to get Finch to the ground and handcuff him, according to police.
Officers found 4.62 grams of marijuana in the trunk of Finch’s vehicle, according to the affidavit.
Prosecutors also charged Finch with two misdemeanors, marijuana possession and resisting arrest.
In March, Finch was charged in Lincoln County District Court with drug possession and reckless driving. That misdemeanor case is pending.
Finch played for the Sooners four years, 2010-2013. Finch later briefly signed with the New England Patriots before landing in the Canadian Football League.
Former OSU player charged
Former Oklahoma State University running back Desmond Roland II was charged in March with conspiracy to distribute marijuana. Pottawatomie County prosecutors allege Roland, 26, of Oklahoma City, conspired with others in selling the drug.
If convicted, Roland could spend two years to life in prison.
Roland played for the Cowboys four years, 2011-2014.
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