All-American Sprinter Arrested


FAYETTEVILLE — Regina George, who is an All-American sprinter for the Arkansas women’s track team, was arrested Sunday and charged with public intoxication, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and obstructing governmental operations.

The 21-year-old was arrested after a Fayetteville Police officer responded to a welfare check for an intoxicated woman who had been discharged from Washington Regional Medical Center. The arrest report said the woman was waiting for a ride, but left “walking northbound from the location without any shoes.”

George was found walking south on Gregg Ave. The report said she was “unsteady on her feet as she walked” and had “watery and bloodshot” eyes.

George told the officer she was walking to The Greens apartment complex on Gregg Ave., but denied having been at the hospital. The report said George told the officer her name was Briyanna Thomas, but refused to show the name printed on the emergency room wristband she was wearing.

The report said George then “became upset” and attempted to walk away while the officer attempted to confirm her identity. George also “actively resisted arrest and began shouting” while being placed in handcuffs.

George was booked into Washington County Detention Center at 11:30 a.m. and released after posting $2,000 bond. She has a court date set for Dec. 14.

The sprinter is a 13-time all-American and has five Southeastern Conference titles during her Arkansas track career. She also competed for Nigeria in the 400 meters during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

— Robbie Neiswanger • Arkansas News Bureau