5 O'Clock Shadow: Key Cornhusker arrested

5 O'Clock Shadow: Key Cornhusker arrested

News you can't leave work without: Nebraska star volleyball player Lauren Cook was arrested on suspicion of leaving the scene of an injury accident and ticketed for driving under suspension after a motorcyclist broke a leg.

Nebraska leads Illinois by one game atop the Big Ten standings.

Cook has been ticketed six times for speeding in Nebraska since 2007.

Her car clipped a motorcyclist who was stopped at the side of a road in north Lincoln shortly before noon Sunday, police said. Cook called police eight minutes after the accident, and she was contacted about a half mile from the accident scene, her car disabled because of a shredded front tire.

She was in Lancaster County Jail for three hours before an unidentified person posted $500 bond. Cook has not been charged and was scheduled to appear in court Monday. Leaving the scene of an injury accident is a felony punishable by a maximum of five years in prison, a $10,000 fine or both.

Cook is the daughter of Nebraska women’s volleyball coach John Cook.

“She stopped and called 911, tried to do the right thing,” John Cook said. “No alcohol, no drugs, she wasn’t texting. In no way is this an excuse, but an accident happened and we’ll let the legal process go through that.”

Her father said he wouldn’t announce what, if any, team disciplinary action would be taken against her.

“It’s days like this I wish my kid was a sorority girl and then this probably wouldn’t be a big deal,” John Cook said.


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