Arkansas freshman QB Cole Kelley arrested


Photographs by Washington County Detention Center

Cole Kelley

FAYETTEVILLE -- Arkansas Razorbacks quarterback Cole Kelley was arrested early Sunday by Fayetteville Police on charges of suspicion of DWI, careless driving and violation of the implied consent law.

Kelley was released on $935 bond for the misdemeanor charges at 11:46 a.m. He has a Rule 8.1 hearing this morning in Fayetteville District Court and is scheduled to appear in the same court on Dec. 15.

"I was informed early this morning of an incident involving Cole Kelley," Arkansas Coach Bret Bielema said in a statement Sunday morning. "We are gathering all information from the proper authorities and will make a determination upon review of that information."

According to the arrest report, Kelley was pulled over at 4 a.m. after a patrolman observed both tires on the passenger side of his vehicle go up on the curb near the corner of Wedington Drive and Steamboat Drive. Kelley's eyes were "red and watery," according to the report, and he performed two parts of the field sobriety test "in a manner consistent with intoxication."

Kelley was wearing a medical brace due to a turf toe injury on his right foot and was not asked to perform other parts of the standard field test. He did not consent to a portable breath test but provided a urine sample. Kelley was booked into the Washington County Detention Center at 8:47 a.m. and released about three hours later.

Kelley and the Razorbacks returned from Saturday's 33-10 loss at LSU on Saturday evening. Kelley, 20, played the final two series in the game, completing 3 of 10 passes for 36 yards. His final pass from the LSU 25 was intercepted in the end zone.

The 6-7 freshman from Lafayette, La., has a 2-2 record as a starter. He is 87 of 151 for 1,038 yards, with 8 touchdowns and 4 interceptions.

Kelley is the first known Arkansas football player arrested since fullback Hayden Johnson was charged with public intoxication and being a minor in possession of alcohol last October.

Sports on 11/13/2017

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