Tulsa, OK- A reserve linebacker for Oklahoma was arrested early Sunday morning for intoxicated driving making him the second Sooner to have a run-in with the law for an alcohol-related infarction within the past month.
According to Tulsa World, 24 year-old Londell Taylor who is a reserve linebacker for the Sooners was arrested around 11:30 a.m. Sunday morning for intoxicated driving. Almost no details of the arrest have been made public, but the team released a statement.
“We are aware of the situation. The matter is being handled internally,” an OU spokesperson told the Tulsa World. University officials have not said if Taylor will face any punishment or sanction for this arrest, which is the second drunken driving arrest for Taylor.
In September of 2011, Taylor was involved in traffic accident east of the campus roughly an hour after the Sooners won a game against Missouri, NBC Sports reported. Taylor reportedly failed a field sobriety test and blew a .14.
He was placed under arrest and charged with intoxicated driving and leaving the scene of the accident.
But before Taylor got his second DUI arrest, another Sooner was arrested for the same charge less than a month earlier.
Junior Defensive lineman Chuka Ndulue was arrested early Saturday, June 29th after an altercation with campus police NewsOK reported.
Ndulue was pulled over by campus police around 2:46 a.m. at the intersection of E. Lindsey Street and McKinley Avenue. Few other details of his arrest have been release so it is unclear how intoxicated he was at the time.
Ndulue was taken into custody, but had posted bond and was released around 9 a.m.
In a statement following Ndulue’s arrest, OU athletics department spokesman said, “We are aware of the matter and the situation will be handled internally.”
Two players in less than a month is not a huge deal, but OU might need to get tough on players who drive drunk, after all Taylor has received two DUIs in a two year period.
Then you have to take into consideration, the high number of pro-athletes, especially ones in the NFL who have been charged with DUI. Since 2000, 624 NFL Players have been arrested for a variety of criminal offenses, of which 17 percent were drug or alcohol-related.
The proliferation of DUI arrests for the NFL have made some question if they are disciplining their players appropriately. Oklahoma University may have to ask the same.
You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who doesn’t think drinking and driving is dangerous, but you’d have an equally difficult time finding someone who hasn’t done driven when they shouldn’t have. DUIs are serious matters, and the courts deal with them as such. Convicted offenders face jail time, costly fines, possible loss of their driver’s license and other more minor penalties.
If you made the serious error of getting behind the wheel when you’ve had a few too many to drink you have the right to retain counsel and fight a conviction. With the help of a Tulsa DUI attorney you can do just that.