Matt Jones is the online sports director for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A double graduate of the University of Arkansas, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, and voter for the Biletnikoff Award.
Arkansas pitcher arrested on DWI charge
Chris Oliver was arrested Tuesday on DWI charges.
Chris Oliver was arrested and booked in the Washington County jail Tuesday morning on a charge of driving while intoxicated.
Oliver, a junior pitcher for the Arkansas baseball team, was booked at 3:50 a.m. Tuesday and released at 6:26 a.m. on a $1,075 bond. The Razorbacks baseball team had arrived home Monday afternoon from Charlottesville, Va., where their season ended with a loss in the NCAA regionals.
According to the arrest report, Oliver was pulled over for a U-turn by Fayetteville Police at 2:39 a.m. Tuesday on the south end of the University of Arkansas campus at the corner of Stadium Drive and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. The officer performed a field sobriety test after detecting alcohol on Oliver's breath. The report states Oliver performed the test in a manner consistent with an intoxicated person.
Oliver's blood alcohol level at the jail was .09, just above .08 legal limit in Arkansas. Oliver, 20, declined a second blood alcohol test at his own expense, according to the report. He told officers he had two drinks at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. at a bonfire near Beaver Lake and was dropping friends off at a nearby apartment when pulled over.
Oliver is projected to be a high round pick in this weekend's MLB Draft. The Farmington native is coming off a successful season in which he won a team-high nine games and had a 2.51 earned run average.