October 26, 2010
Blackmon arrested this morning
One of the most important cogs in Oklahoma State's offense is facing more than just a tough cornerback at the moment.
It was learned this afternoon that Justin Blackmon was arrested last night in Carrollton, Texas, on suspicion of driving under the influence and speeding. He was driving back from the Monday Night Football game in Arlington, where the Dallas Cowboys lost to the New York Giants. Reports say he was driving the pickup truck of one of the passengers, of which there were three in total.
According to the Tulsa World, which broke the story, Blackmon was pulled over this morning approximately 3:45 a.m. after reportedly going 90 miles per hour in a 60mph zone on Interstate 35. He was charged with a DUI because he is under the legal drinking age of 21 and was suspected to have the odor of alcohol on his person.
"There were field sobriety tests given on the side of the road," Carrollton Police Department public information officer Dustin Bartram told The World. "The officer determined that there was a detectable amount (of alcohol) on (Blackmon)."
Texas state law says the following:
Section 106.041 of the Alcoholic Beverage Code makes it illegal for a minor to operate a motor vehicle in a public place while having any detectable amount of alcohol in the minor's system. Driving under the influence is a Class C misdemeanor, punishable by a fine up to $500, an alcohol awareness course, community service, and driver's license suspension.
Also, Blackmon reportedly left Stillwater for the game without prior permission of the OSU coaching staff. Head coach Mike Gundy was going to address the matter after this afternoon's practice, but that has since been canceled. Just moments ago, the university released the following statement:
Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon was stopped for a traffic violation last night. Details from the incident are still being gathered by the University. Neither Blackmon nor OSU coach Mike Gundy can comment until the matter is resolved.
All of this puts the status of Blackmon's availability for Saturday's game at Kansas State in doubt. No word of a suspension or other punishment has been made public as of yet. The sophomore from Ardmore has had a giant season for OSU, posting 1,114 yards and 14 touchdowns on the year.
We will report more to this story when more information becomes available.
Publisher Jeff Johnson contributed to this report.
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