FAYETTEVILLE — Linebacker Terrell Williams was suspended indefinitely by Arkansas coach John L. Smith after being arrested for driving under the influence in Fayetteville early Sunday morning.
Williams, 21, also was charged with driving left of the center lane and a violation of Arkansas' implied consent law. The arrest came hours after Williams recorded seven tackles in Arkansas’ 19-15 win against Tulsa in Razorback Stadium.
“I am very disappointed in the decisions made by Terrell Williams," Smith said in a statement released by the university. "He did not represent himself or the University of Arkansas in a manner we expect and has been suspended indefinitely. We have high expectations for the actions of everyone in our program on and off the field, and our student-athletes will be held accountable.”
Williams – a Tulsa native - was pulled over by Fayetteville Police just before midnight on Saturday after officers viewed him swerving in another lane and crossing the center line, according to the arrest report. Williams told police he had been at a party at the Highway 62 events center, which is west of Fayetteville.
The arresting officer smelled the odor of intoxicants and asked Williams how many drinks he had Saturday. Williams told police he had “none,” according to the report.
Williams was asked to perform field sobriety tests and the results were consistent with “those of an intoxicated person,” according to the report. He was then placed under arrest and transported to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.
Once there, the arrest report indicated Williams “became very uncooperative with deputies,” but wasn’t “combative.” The report stated Williams “refused to follow directions and became very argumentative.” He refused to take an alcohol test and was booked into the Washington County Detention Center at 1:34 a.m.
Williams was released after posting bond. He has a court appearance set for Dec. 14.
Williams’ suspension is a costly one for the Razorbacks, who are razor thin at linebacker because of season-ending injuries to opening-night starters Alonzo Highsmith and Tenarius Wright. Williams has started six games this season, including three straight at middle linebacker in Highsmith’s absence.
Williams was producing in his new role. He ranks fourth on the team in tackles (52) and had provided leadership to a group leaning on youth.
“I think the one thing I saw is him truly understanding his time is now,” Arkansas linebackers coach Taver Johnson said about Williams after he stepped into the starting role. “He’s got to do everything now. There is no waiting. It happens now. So he’s got to take advantage of it. He really has tried to do that.”
But freshmen Otha Peters, who is Williams’ backup at middle linebacker, could be called on to start against No. 12 South Carolina on Saturday. If so, he will join another freshman — A.J. Turner — in the starting lineup for the SEC road test.
ALL-AMERICAN SPRINTER ARRESTED
Regina George, who is an All-American sprinter for the Arkansas women’s track team, also was arrested Sunday and charged with public intoxication, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and obstructing governmental operations.
The 21-year-old was arrested after a Fayetteville Police officer responded to a welfare check for an intoxicated woman who had been discharged from Washington Regional Medical Center. The arrest report said the woman was waiting for a ride, but left “walking northbound from the location without any shoes.”
George was found walking south on Gregg Ave. The report said she was “unsteady on her feet as she walked” and had “watery and bloodshot” eyes.
George told the officer she was walking to The Greens apartment complex on Gregg Ave., but denied having been at the hospital. The report said George told the officer her name was Briyanna Thomas, but refused to show the name printed on the emergency room wristband she was wearing.
The report said George then “became upset” and attempted to walk away while the officer attempted to confirm her identity. George also “actively resisted arrest and began shouting” while being placed in handcuffs.
George was booked into Washington County Detention Center at 11:30 a.m. and released after posting $2,000 bond. She has a court date set for Dec. 14.
The sprinter is a 13-time all-American and has five Southeastern Conference titles during her Arkansas track career. She also competed for Nigeria in the 400 meters during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.