Drug Charge Against Owah Dismissed

A judge dismissed a drug charge against a former Harrisonburg High School running back Thursday.

Alex Owah was charged with possession of marijuana, but his attorney, John Holloran, says police could not prove the drugs belonged to the one-time University of Virginia commit.

In court Thursday, police said they pulled Owah over for speeding after Memorial Day weekend this year. They said he was going 43 miles an hour in a 25 mile per hour zone.

Police testified that Owah seemed nervous and they called for a drug dog. During a search of the Explorer, officers discovered several small pieces of marijuana inside.

Holloran says Owah's father took the stand Thursday, testifying that his son had not driven the Explorer during much of the holiday weekend. He says the father also said that other relatives and friends had been in the car.

Because of this testimony and other evidence, the drug charge was dismissed.

However, Owah was found guilty of speeding and was ordered to pay $125 in fines and court costs.

UVA pulled it's scholarship offer to Owah in January after he failed to meet the school's academic requirements.

He is now expected to play football at the Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Virginia this fall.

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