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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.