[Updated] Arkansas' Rasner Suspended Indefinitely Following Drug, Alcohol Arrest

by Chris Bahn  on Friday, Apr. 15, 2011 6:43 pm  

This story is from the archives of ArkansasSports360.com.

Arkansas linebacker Ross Rasner has been suspended indefinitely following an arrest Friday morning and charged with minor in possession of alcohol and possession of a controlled substance.

Rasner, 19, was booked at 1:22 Friday morning. He was released from the Washington County Detention Center on $825 bond at 3:55 a.m.

Coach Bobby Petrino released a statement through a spokesman announcing the decision.

"Ross Rasner has been suspended indefinitely effective immediately and I am extremely disappointed in his actions," Petrino said.

According to the preliminary arrest report, an officer noticed a vehicle with its lights on and motor running for "several minutes." Further investigation revealed the car was not unoccupied, but had expired tags, prompting the officer to approach the vehicle.

An officer approached the vehicle to explain what he was doing, the report said. And as the window was rolled down, "I could smell marijuana emitting from the vehicle as I stood there." Rasner denied having marijuana, but further inspection revealed a purple Crown Royal bag with a bottle of whiskey that was "3/4 full" and a paper towel that contained marijuana.

Rasner was then arrested for being a minor in possession of alcohol and possession of a controlled substance. Both are misdemeanors.

There’s no good time for a player to get arrested, but Rasner’s timing is particularly bad. ESPN is in town for College Football Live on Friday and is televising the Razorbacks’ spring game on Saturday at 3 p.m.

Rasner has been getting first-team snaps at linebacker. He’d been praised throughout the spring for his efforts in practice by coaches and teammates.

Arkansas has had three players arrested for possession of a controlled substance in the last five months. Defensive lineman DeQuinta Jones was arrested for marijuana possession in October. Wide receiver Lance Ray was charged in January.

Jones was suspended for a game. Ray has not been on the field with the Razorbacks this spring.

Arkansas Coach Bobby Petrino was not immediately available for comment.



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