chad johnson*We’ve been expecting this.

When news first broke about him being  object of a warrant, Chad Johnson was supposedly in Cali … in Pasadena.

But according to TMZ, he was popped this morning in South Florida … after a Broward County judge determined the ex-NFL star violated his probation stemming from his 2012 domestic violence bust.

The warrant had actually been issued for Johnson’s arrest earlier this month after he failed to report to his probation officer on 2 occasions. He made matters worse because he failed to show proof of enrollment in a domestic violence education class.

The former NFLer’s probation stemmed from his now infamous (head-butting) domestic violence conviction involving ex-wife Evelyn Lozada last year.

TMZ says Johnson has already appeared in court over his alleged probation violation — and earlier this morning, the judge determined Chad WAS in violation and ordered him to be arrested and jailed.

Developing …