A UC Santa Barbara soccer player was arrested on Oct. 4 after almost backing into a campus parking officer with his vehicle, according to the UCSB Police Department.

Sam Strong, 21

Sam Strong, 20 Courtesy of UCPD

Sam Strong, a second-year student, was exiting a Transportation and Parking Services trailer at approximately 9 a.m. when he saw parking officers placing a wheel clamp on his car in Lot 25. 

According to UCPD Sergeant Rob Romero, Strong then quickly got into his vehicle and attempted to drive away, almost backing into a parking officer who was placing the clamp on his rear wheel.

Strong was later located on campus and arrested on charges of assault with a deadly weapon and reckless driving, and booked into Santa Barbara County Jail.

Strong had several unpaid parking tickets amounting to approximately $600, and Romero said wheel clamps are routinely used for vehicles with five or more citations.

Strong has been released from jail pending trial, but Deputy Athletics Director Tom Hastings said he has been suspended from all athletic competition since his arrest.

The Office of Judicial Affairs will oversee further investigation.