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Medically sidelined former UM track athlete arrested

Destiny Washington
Destiny Washington

Destiny Washington, a University of Miami track scholarship athlete who did not compete this year due to an injury, was arrested on Monday night in Miami Beach.

Washington, 21, who just completed her junior year, was charged with two felonies, according to a criminal check with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement: battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting an officer with violence to his person; and one misdemeanor: Trespass unoccupied structure or conveyance.

“We are aware of the situation involving Destiny Washington and are still gathering information,’’ a UM spokesman with the athletic department told the Miami Herald. “It was determined earlier this year that she would no longer be able to compete due to injury and thus has not competed for Miami this year. She is a medical non-counter.’’

According to the FDLE report, Washington was also arrested for disorderly conduct when she attended the University of Florida in 2015, but the case was dismissed.

WINZ talk-show host Andy Slater first reported the arrest. He noted that police said alcohol “played a role in Washington’s behavior’’ and cited police saying Washington “jumped into the backseat of a stranger’s car outside of the Beach Paradise Hotel on Monday night” and demanded that the driver take her home. When officers offered to help her find a cab, Slater cited the police saying “she started hitting one of the officer’s arms and tried to kick both cops.’’

In 2016, Washington was a member of the women’s 4X400-meter relay team that combined to win the gold medal at the ACC Indoor Championships.