UPDATE: Theft Charge Against Texas Tech RB Da'Leon Ward Dismissed

exas Tech Red Raiders running back Da'Leon Ward (32) runs the football against the Iowa State Cyclones at Jack Trice Stadium on Nov 19, 2016.Photo: Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports

The charge of felony theft against Texas Tech running back DaLeon Ward was dismissed Wednesday in Lubbock County, Texas.

Ward, who led the team in rushing in 2016, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of felony theft between $2,500 and $30,000, multiple outlets reported. Capt. Joseph Gilliam of the Lubbock County Sheriffs department told ESPN that the department served a warrant issued in June.

On Wednesday, the case was dismissed, without prejudice, by the court.

According to the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Ward was the subject of a Texas Tech Police Department investigation after three cell phones were reported stolen from the schools student recreation center in a 20-minute period on Nov. 14. He was indicted in June, but the indictment was sealed.

Ward was booked at the Lubbock County Detention Center on Tuesday afternoon.

The 20-year-old Ward rushed for 428 yards and three touchdowns in 2016, becoming the first true freshman to lead Texas Tech in rushing since Shaud Williams in 1999. Ward also had 18 receptions for 131 yards.

Ward redshirted in 2017 because of academic reasons, but was projected to pair with senior Tre King to handle the majority of the Red Raiders rushing responsibilities.

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