DA won't charge Duck football player after arrest

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Terrance Montgomery

 SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- A University of Oregon football player was arrested on assault charges Monday evening, although the district attorney is not going to pursue charges against him.

Sgt. Tom Borchers says officers arrested Terrance Montgomery at a Springfield apartment after reports of a domestic dispute.

A police dispatch log shows a woman called police at 5:20 p.m. Monday saying she was in a physical dispute with a man who was choking her.

Terrance Montgomery in his team mugshot from GoDucks.com (left) and in his mugshot from the Lane County Jail (right).

Police arrested Montgomery on suspicion of assault and brought him to the Lane County Jail, where he spent the night.

Tuesday morning investigators from the district attorney's office reviewed the case and determined there was not enough evidence to pursue any charges, according to Chief Deputy District Attorney Patty Perlow.

"There was insufficient evidence to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt," Perlow said.

Borchers would not elaborate on what officers found when they arrived at the apartment, and a police report was not immediately available.  He said police typically refer cases like this to the district attorney the next day, and it is common for prosecutors to not pursue any charges.

Montgomery spent the night in jail and was still in custody Tuesday afternoon.  A spokesman in the jail records department said Montgomery was set to be released sometime during the afternoon once his paperwork was processed.

Montgomery is a junior defensive tackle for the Ducks.

UO athletic department spokesman Dave Williford said staff and coaches are still sorting out the details of the incident.  He could not say if any action will be taken by the team or if it could affect possible playing time in the Civil War.

Montgomery did not play in Oregon’s last game versus Arizona but did see action in the game before that at home versus Arizona State.

He transferred to the Ducks this season from junior college Reedly, according to his biography page on goducks.com.  His bio says he is married with a child and served in the Army before going to college.