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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Blackmon Arrested for DUI

This could really hurt NU if Ok State loses a few games as a result

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Oklahoma State star wide receiver Justin Blackmon was arrested early Tuesday on a suburban Dallas highway on a misdemeanor DUI complaint and his status with the Cowboys was unclear headed into the final weeks of the season.

Blackmon was arrested at 3:45 a.m. after officers used radar to determine he was driving 92 mph in a 60 mph zone along Interstate 35 in Carrollton, Texas, police spokesman Dustin Bartram said.

The officer performed a field sobriety test on the 20-year-old Blackmon. Under Texas law, drivers under 21 can be arrested for having any detectable amount of alcohol in his or her system and Blackmon fell into that category, Bartram said.

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  1. Blackmon was bonded out of jail in Carrollton shortly after 8 a.m. for $375, Bartram said. Court records do not indicate if Blackmon has an attorney, but he faces a Nov. 23 court date.

    Blackmon had three passengers in his vehicle, Bartram said, and after Blackmon's arrest, the vehicle was released to one of the passengers who owned the vehicle. Bartram said the arrest was made without incident.

    Denton County assistant district attorney Jamie Beck said the DUI charge is a Class C misdemeanor, "like a traffic ticket." She said it's a fine-only offense and that Blackmon could be fined up to $500 in city court.

    The university released a three-sentence statement acknowledging that Blackmon "was stopped for a traffic violation" and that Oklahoma State officials were gathering details on the incident.

    "Neither Blackmon nor OSU coach Mike Gundy can comment until the matter is resolved," the statement said.

    Oklahoma State (No. 17 BCS, No. 20 AP) plays at Kansas State on Saturday.

    The 6-foot-1, 207-pound sophomore from Ardmore has emerged as a surprise star this season for the Cowboys (6-1, 2-1 Big 12). Blackmon ranks No. 1 in the Football Bowl Subdivision in receiving yards per game at 158.9. He has 62 catches for 1,112 yards and 14 touchdowns.

    A year ago, Cowboys star receiver Dez Bryant played in only three games and was suspended for lying to an NCAA investigator about his relationship with former NFL star Deion Sanders.