FAYETTEVILLE — Linebacker Terrell Williams has been suspended indefinitely by Arkansas coach John L. Smith after being arrested for driving under the influence in Fayetteville early Sunday morning.
Williams, 21, was also 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. Freshmen Otha Peters is Williams’ backup at middle linebacker and could join freshman A.J. Turner in the starting lineup at linebacker for Saturday’s game at South Carolina.