Four Germantown H.S. basketball players arrested for possession

GERMANTOWN (WITI) -- Four Germantown High School basketball players were arrested on Thursday, January 23rd for illegal drug violations.

The incident happened around 10:30 a.m. when a Gemantown police officer stopped a car near Mequon and Goldendale Roads for a traffic violation.

The officer detected a strong odor of marijuana inside the car. Six people inside the vehicle were arrested. Five were issued municipal citations for possession of marijuana, booked and released.

One person, a 17-year-old female, was arrested for possession with intent to deliver marijuana, booked and transported to the Washington County Jail.

All six people involved are students at Germantown High School, including four who play on the school's basketball team -- Dearionte Hudson, Brian Bearden, Lamonte Bearden and Lamont Williams Christian, all 18-years-old. The other two students are 17-year-old girls.

"I've known Coach Schowalter for close to 10 years through AAU basketball and I'm sure he's devastated by this and I know he runs a very good program," said Paul Sherburne of Whitefish Bay.

The incident did not occur on the school campus. Germantown High School has started an investigation as related to a potential violation of the school's activities code.

The incident comes just weeks after the Germantown High School basketball team broke the state record for consecutive wins. Coach Steve Schowalter is an officer on the Germantown Police Department.