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Nevada softball player Sierra Mello arrested on criminal contempt charge

Sierra Mello
Nevada softball's Sierra Mello was arrested Tuesday on a criminal contempt charge. (John Byrne/Nevada athletics)

Nevada softball player Sierra Mello was arrested Tuesday morning in Reno on a criminal contempt charge after failing to take care of a previous traffic violation.

As a result, a warrant was filed for Mello, 21, nearly a year ago before she was pulled over Tuesday morning near Fourth and Virginia streets for driving a vehicle with expired tags. Mello was booked at the Washoe County Detention Facility at 8:48 a.m. Tuesday. She was released after paying a $115 bail.

"We are aware of this matter and our understanding is that it should be resolved today," Nevada spokesperson Chad Hartley told Nevada Sports Net on Wednesday. "Any further action will be handled internally."

Reno Police Lt. Scott Dugan told Nevada Sports Net that Mello's registration had expired in March. While she was not cited for that, Mello was arrested and charged with criminal contempt for the previous unpaid ticket that led to a warrant that was issued July 12, 2018. The criminal contempt charge is a misdemeanor.

"The warrant was for an FTA, which means failure to appear, related to a cell phone violation (while driving)," Dugan said.

Mello, a junior last season, started all 56 games for Nevada in 2019. She hit .353 with a .911 OPS, both second on the team. She scored a team-high 44 runs while adding 12 doubles, four triples, one home run and 22 RBIs. As a sophomore, Mello, a three-year starter, was named to the All-MW second team.

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