FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas defensive end Austin Flynn will be “held accountable” for his actions by coach Bret Bielema after being arrested for driving while intoxicated in Fayetteville early Wednesday morning.
Bielema issued a statement regarding Flynn’s arrest Wednesday night. It came several hours after Flynn registered a blood alcohol content of .14, according to a Fayetteville police department preliminary report. The legal limit is .08.
“I am aware of the situation involving Austin Flynn and I am disappointed in his actions,” Bielema said in a statement issued through an athletic department spokesperson. “I will review the matter and it will be handled swiftly and decisively.
“Our student-athletes will understand there will be discipline in our program and we will learn the responsibility they have in representing Arkansas in the right way. We will hold our student-athletes accountable for their actions at all times and character and integrity will always be a priority.”
Flynn also was cited for careless and prohibited driving and no proof of insurance after being pulled over by police at 1:15 a.m. He was spotted speeding and crossing the center line in his black Chevrolet Camaro, according to the report.
Flynn told police he had taken friends home from Dickson Street and was on his way home as well. The arrest report said Flynn’s speech was slurred and his eyes were bloodshot. He also admitted to having two beers earlier in the night.
A field sobriety test was conducted on Flynn and he “exhibited numerous clues consistent with an intoxicated person,” according to the report.
Flynn was taken into custody at 1:48 a.m. and provided the breath sample after arriving at the Washington County Detention Center. He was booked into the detention center at 7:10 a.m. and released two hours later after posting $1,075 bond. Flynn has a court appearance scheduled for March 25.
Flynn, who had 10 tackles in 12 games last season, is the first Arkansas player arrested since Bielema’s arrival on Dec. 4. Bielema acknowledged he was reviewing the matter after participating in an NCAA Rules Committee meeting in Indianapolis.
“Within our program we will learn just as many life lessons through our failures as we will through our success,” Bielema said in the statement Wednesday.