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Marinovich Busted for Skateboarding, and Meth, Again

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Hand it to Todd Marinovich to get chased by an OC cop for skateboarding and later arrested when the officer "discovered a small amount of methamphetamine, a metal spoon and a hypodermic needle" on the former number one draft choice's person.

And leave it to the former QB to also get tagged for resisting arrest, proving that old #13 still crumbles when blitzed.

This is the sixth time the USC Trojan, who led his team to victory in the 1990 Rose Bowl, has been arrested for drugs.

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Two years ago he violated his probation by skipping out of his halfway home and three weeks afterwards he turned himself in and went back in the pokey.

When he was a spunky redheaded Raider rookie, this may have been cute, but now that Marijuana-vich is 38(!) it's become pathetic.

The Times reports that Marinovich is pleading not guilty to the charges which means that unless his lawyers can work the Skateboarding is Not a Crime defense, this might wind up being another ugly ending to another ugly chapter in the Trojan's never-ending downward spiral.

Marinovich was popped for a felony for possession of a controlled substance, and charged misdemeanors for unauthorized possession of a hypodermic needle and resisting a police officer. If someone wants to post bail for him, the judge made it an affordable $50k.

Some call him "Marijuana-vich" after he was arrested and jailed for three months in 1998 after pleading guilty to growing weed in his home.

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This newest charge is almost an identical copy of an earlier arrest in late August of 2004, when Marinovich was skateboarding in Newport Beach and cops found meth and needles when they searched him, and also tacked on a resisting arrest charge. He was sentenced to 90 days.