MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) _ Purdue linebacker Ladrelle Bryant was arrested on charges he helped a woman steal items from a Kmart store and then struck a parked car as he drove away.

The 18-year-old freshman from Muncie was apprehended Sunday as a suspect in a merchandise theft that occurred at a Kmart. According to police, Bryant sat in a car in the store's parking lot waiting for a woman to leave the store with stolen merchandise.

After the woman was in the car, Bryant backed the car from the parking space and hit a parked car, then left the parking lot before police officers arrived.

Officers spotted Bryant a short time later and caught him after a brief car pursuit.

Bryant was arrested on preliminary charges of assisting a criminal, criminal recklessness and leaving the scene of an accident and was released Sunday night from Delaware County Jail.

Bryant could not be reached for comment Monday. He did not play in any games this season and was redshirted.