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Timbers player agrees to diversion in court case

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A Portland Timbers player arrested after a confrontation with police has agreed to a diversion program.

Jose Valencia was set for a pre-trial conference in court Wednesday, but instead entered into a diversion agreement. He must complete 40 hours of community service and counseling, along with paying a $500 fine.

He was arrested at the end of July at an apartment complex in Beaverton.

Police were called to the Water House Place apartments on reports of a domestic disturbance. When they arrived, police said Valencia was heading for his car and when they tried to stop him, Valencia continued to drive away.

Officers said a language barrier may have been a factor. A police report said an officer pinned Valencia's left hand to his thigh, which caused Valencia to start yelling in Spanish as he attempted to push the officer away.

Valencia was taken into custody once a second officer arrived to help.

He was charged with resisting arrest and interfering with police.

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