BYU back pleads guilty in traffic stop

BYU back pleads guilty in traffic stop



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PROVO, Utah (AP) -- A Brigham Young running back pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors tied to a traffic stop.

Manase Tonga, 23, was accused of running a stop sign and giving a false name to police July 3. He pleaded guilty Thursday and was fined $232. He must pay the fine by Sept. 1 or possibly go to jail.

Tonga, a junior, will not play when BYU opens the season Sept. 1 against Arizona, coach Bronco Mendenhall announced last week.

He ran for 297 yards and two touchdowns in 2006. Tonga also caught 23 passes, including two for touchdowns.

------ Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, http://www.sltrib.com

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.) APTV-08-03-07 1652MDT

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