AUSTIN (AP) — Texas senior safety Tyrell Gatewood was suspended indefinitely Thursday after his arrest on drug charges, the fifth arrest of a Longhorns player since June.
Freshman defensive back Ben Wells, 18, who was riding with Gatewood when he was pulled over late Wednesday, was given a citation for possession of drug paraphernalia and released.
Gatewood, 22, was charged with two counts of possession of a dangerous drug. It was his second drug-related arrest in a year, although misdemeanor possession charges were dropped after his arrest last September. He was suspended for a game.
“We’ve talked to Tyrell and his family and decided to suspend him indefinitely, pending the completion of the legal process,” Texas coach Mack Brown said. “He will not be involved in any team functions at this time.”
Gatewood and Wells were pulled over by a Travis County sheriff’s deputy for failing to signal a turn. Smelling marijuana, the deputy searched the vehicle and found pot, Xanax and a baby bottle full of codeine cough syrup, said Travis County sheriff's spokesman Roger Wade.
Bond was set for Gatewood at $2,500 for each count, but he was released on personal recognizance. Gatewood also was being held on an arrest warrant from Dallas County on a reckless driving charge from March. Bond for that charge was set at $500.
Linebacker Sergio Kindle and defensive end Henry Melton, both arrested on drunken driving charges during the summer, are serving three-game suspensions that end after Saturday’s game at Central Florida.
Freshman linebacker Dre Jones was suspended indefinitely last month after being charged with aggravated robbery. Former safety Robert Joseph was charged in the same incident. Joseph had already left the team after being arrested in a separate incident earlier in the summer.
Gatewood, from Tyler, switched from receiver to safety before the 2006 season, and has played mostly on special teams.
Wells graduated early from Beaumont Ozen High School and enrolled at Texas so he could participate in spring drills. He was named to the Associated Press Sports Editors Class 4A all-state team last season.
Former Texas QB Gardere arrested on suspicion of DWI
AUSTIN (AP) — Former Texas quarterback Peter Gardere, known for leading the Longhorns to four straight wins over rival Oklahoma, was arrested early Thursday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.
Gardere was pulled over near downtown after running a traffic light just after midnight Wednesday, Austin Police Department spokeswoman Laura Albrecht said.
Gardere, who now works in commercial real estate for Austin’s Stratus Properties Inc., was released from Travis County Jail early Thursday on personal recognizance.
During his UT career, Gardere went 25-16 as a starter from 1989-1992 and also played the outfield for the Texas baseball team. He became known as “Peter the Great” among UT fans for his mastery of the Sooners.