Hogs DE charged with DWI

By: Bob Holt
Published: Thursday, February 14, 2013
Arkansas defender Austin Flynn runs drills during a 2012 practice at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville.
Photo by Michael Woods
Arkansas defender Austin Flynn runs drills during a 2012 practice at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville.

— rkansas senior defensive end Austin Flynn was arrested at 1:48 a.m. Wednesday and charged with driving while intoxicated, careless and prohibited driving and not having vehicle insurance, according to an arrest report from the Fayetteville police department.

Flynn, 22, had a blood alcohol content of .14, a cco rd i n g to the police report. The legal limit is .08.

Flynn is the first Razorback arrested since Bret Bielema was hired as Arkansas’ coach in December.

“I am aware of the situation involving Austin Flynn, and I am disappointed in his actions,” Bielema, who was in Indianapolis on Wednesday attending NCAA meetings, said in a statement. “I will review the matter, and it will be handled swiftly and decisively.

“Our student-athletes will understand there will be discipline in our program and will learn the responsibility they have in representing Arkansas in the right way.

“We will hold our student-athletes accountable for their actions at all times, and character and integrity will always be a priority. Within our program, we will learn just as many life lessons through our failures as we will through our future success.”

A police officer stopped Flynn at 1:15 a.m. after the officer observed him driving 40 mph in a 25 mph zone and swerving into the roadway and crossing the center line.

Flynn told the officer he had driven some friends home after they had been on Dickson Street and was on his way home. Flynn admitted to having two beers earlier in the night, the report stated. His speech was slurred and he had bloodshot eyes, according to the report, and during a field sobriety test he exhibited numerous clues consistent with being intoxicated.

Flynn then provided a breath sample at the Washington County Detention Center, where he was taken into custody.

The eighth Arkansas football player arrested since last March, Flynn was booked at 7:10 a.m. Wednesday and released at 9:10 a.m. after posting a $1,075 bond, according to the Washington County Detention Center website. He is scheduled to appear in Fayetteville District Court on March 25.

Flynn, from Torrance, Calif., played in 12 games lastseason without any starts. He finished with 10 tackles, including 1 1/2 tackles for losses totaling 6 yards. He also had three quarterback hurries.

He transferred to Arkansas in January 2012 after playing two seasons at Los Angeles Harbor Community College.

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