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Former Ducks football star stopped on way to court, arrested

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A former standout player on the University of Oregon football team was arrested again after getting stopped on his way to court for speeding and then showing up more than 90 minutes late.

Cliff Harris was scheduled to appear in a Washington County courtroom at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. Hillsboro police arrested Harris Friday night on charges of domestic harassment.

Investigators said Harris was having dinner with his girlfriend at Buffalo Wild Wings when they got into an argument. Police said the couple left, but the fight continued in the parking lot.

A deputy monitoring traffic Tuesday morning at Highway 219 and Highway 210 said he spotted a 1997 Acura passing cars in a no-passing area while going 62 mph in a 45 mph zone.

The deputy pulled the driver over just after 8:30 a.m. and it turned out to be Harris behind the wheel.

The deputy said Harris told him he was already late for his court appearance. Harris was cited for speeding, passing in a no-passing zone and driving without a license.

The deputy said he made a courtesy call to the courthouse to let the judge know Harris was running late. Court workers said they would allow him extra time to arrive.

The deputy told Harris to get a ride and have someone pick up the car, which Harris said belonged to his mother.

By 10 a.m., investigators said Harris still had not shown up to the courtroom, so the judge issued a bench warrant for his arrest.

Harris arrived at 10:15 and was arrested on the charge of failure to appear.

He is in the Washington County Jail and will be arraigned in court on the current charges Wednesday morning.

It was the third arrest in just about a week for Harris. He was also arrested last week in New Jersey on possession of marijuana charges. The NFL's New York Jets then cut him from the team.

In 2011, an Oregon State trooper pulled Harris over and cited him for driving 118 mph on a suspended license near Albany. He paid the fine of $1,620.

The cornerback and kick returner for the Ducks team that played in the 2011 BCS National Championship game was then suspended and later dismissed for violating team rules.

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