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Freshman quarterback arrested after hit-and-run incident on scooter

Marty Mauk arrived to Columbia as the all-time high school career passer.

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Courtesy of the Boone County Sheriff's Department

Aug. 31, 2012

Missouri freshman quarterback Maty Mauk was arrested on various charges Thursday after hitting multiple vehicles on his scooter Wednesday night.

MU Police Department spokesman Brian Weimer said the incident began when Mauk ran a stop sign at the intersection of Curtis Avenue and Kentucky Boulevard.

"The officer tried to stop him, and (Mauk) failed to stop and continued on his scooter," he said.

Mauk continued on his scooter through the nearby residence hall area and ended up in the parking lot between the Sigma Kappa house and the Alpha Tau Omega annex. Mauk had two unidentified female passengers on his scooter, neither of which were wearing helmets, Weimer said. Mauk hit multiple vehicles in the parking lot and left on foot.

"Through the investigation, we determined who it was," Weimer said. "He came to the department at about 11 a.m. today."

Mauk was charged with leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident, resisting arrest by flight, operating a vehicle in a careless and imprudent manner involving an accident and failure to obey a traffic control device. He was taken to Boone County Jail, where he posted $1,000 bond and was released.

Mauk's arrest comes three months after fellow Missouri quarterback Corbin Berkstresser's arrest for hitting a parked car and driving away from the scene. Berkstresser, a redshirt freshman, spent much of the spring as the No. 1 quarterback for the Tigers after junior starter James Franklin's injury.

Mauk finished practicing with the team through August as the depth chart’s No. 3 quarterback. He came to Columbia from Kenton, Ohio, where he became the all-time high school passing leader at Kenton High School.

At the team’s Fan Day on Aug. 5 at Faurot Field, Mauk spoke of the higher learning curve he was faced with as a new member of the team.

“I think yesterday was, like, two pages of signals to put in,” he said. “I mean, none of those are the same. Just to get those down and just (trying) to forget everything in the past is a challenge.”

In his work with the third-string offense through three team scrimmages, Mauk completed 41 of 67 passes for 366 yards along with two touchdowns and two interceptions.

Franklin said he was impressed with the newcomer.

“Sure, he’ll have a pick every now and then but when I was a freshman and even when Corbin was a freshman, we were hesitant to go across the middle because we weren’t as comfortable,” Franklin said. “But that’s something he does a really good job of.”

Mauk’s arrest comes two days before Missouri opens its 2012 season against visiting Southeastern Louisiana on Saturday.

Team spokesman Chad Moller said the team was aware of the incident and would address it internally.

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