FAYETTEVILLE — Former Arkansas linebacker Tenarius Wright was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated early Sunday morning.
Wright, 23, was pulled over at approximately 2:50 a.m. in Fayetteville after the officer saw that the SUV he was driving did not have a light illuminating the license plate, a preliminary police report said. During the traffic stop, the officer said the driver, Wright, had watery bloodshot eyes and there was a smell of alcohol coming from the driver, according to the report.
Wright was booked in the Washington County Detention Center at 9:15 a.m. and was released on $1,055 bond at 11:51 a.m., according to the Washington County Detention Center’s website. He faces misdemeanor charges of driving while intoxicated, violation of implied consent, having no license plate light and driving his vehicle under unsafe conditions.
The report said Wright refused to submit a breathalyzer and the SUV he was driving had two cracks in the windshield in the driver’s line of sight.
After his five-year career at Arkansas (2008-12), Wright was not selected in the 2013 NFL draft. He was initially reported to agree to terms of an undrafted free-agent deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but worked out for the Kansas City Chiefs in May.
Wright, 6-foot-2, 248 pounds, moved to linebacker prior to his senior season after playing defensive end the three seasons before that. He was redshirted his first season on campus, but earned All-Southeastern Conference freshman honors in 2009.
The Memphis native recorded 28 tackles in five games his senior season before undergoing season-ending surgery for a shoulder injury. Wright also missed five games during his junior season after breaking his arm, but played in all 26 games during his freshman and sophomore seasons.
Wright recorded 123 tackles, 20 tackles for loss and 9 sacks throughout his career.