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Trooper's conduct in Dyer traffic stop investigated, police video released

By Gavin Lesnick

This article was originally published July 30, 2012 at 9:40 a.m. Updated July 30, 2012 at 10:59 a.m.

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Arkansas State running back Michael Dyer (above center) was dismissed from the Red Wolves’ football team by Coach Gus Malzahn on July for a violation of team rules. Dyer transferred to ASU in January after leaving Auburn. Dyer tweeted out Monday that he was transferring to Prairie View A&M.

Police recording of Michael Dyer traffic stop

An Arkansas State Police trooper is being investigated internally for his conduct in a traffic stop involving Michael Dyer. This excerpt from a police recording shows some of the stop. (By Arkansas State Police)
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— Police say an internal investigation has been conducted regarding a traffic stop from earlier this year involving an Arkansas State University football player who was recently dismissed from the team for an unspecified rules violation.

Arkansas State Police spokesman Bill Sadler said investigators looked into trooper Royce Denney's professional conduct during a March 10 stop of two vehicles, including one driven by Michael Dyer.

Dyer and the other driver, identified as Ronnie Wright, were issued citations in White County for driving 96 mph in a 70 mph zone.

But according to audio recorded of the traffic stop, Denney also found suspected marijuana and a gun in one of the cars. Denney can be heard in the recording admonishing Dyer for having the weapon but telling him he will let "coach" make the decision on what to do with it.

"If he wants me to keep it, I'll keep it," Denney says at one point. "If he wants me to get it delivered to him, I'll get it delivered to him. Whatever."

A short time earlier in the recording, Denney asks Dyer about "the weed" and mentioning the possibility of telling ASU coach Gus Malzahn about the incident.

"I really don't want to tell him about this because of NCAA stuff," Denney says. "I know a lot of stuff goes on behind closed doors with coaches and players, but I'm still in a predicament."

Later in the recording, Denney tells Dyer it "pisses me off" that someone "of your stature, of your ability" would do something so stupid.

State Police spokesman Bill Sadler said in a statement that Col. JR Howard, director of the agency, has received a final report on the incident, but has not yet taken any action on it.

"Presently there is a personnel matter associated with the investigation of Trooper Denney pending before Colonel Howard and at this time the department is prohibited from acknowledging any further information about the internal investigation," the statement said.

Dyer's dismissal from the team was announced Sunday night, though school officials did not release details beyond saying it was spurred by a team rules violation. The 2010 Little Rock Christian graduate had transferred to Arkansas State from Auburn University, rejoining Malzahn.

Malzahn served as the Tigers offensive coordinator and helped recruit Dyer there before joining ASU.

Dyer never played a down for ASU and was going to sit out the 2012 season per NCAA transfer rules.

Read tomorrow's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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EZMoney says... July 30, 2012 at 9:59 a.m.

After the incident at Auburn you would think that a gun would be the last thing for Dyer to have in his car. 2 strikes, the kid better wise up fast!

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kinggeorge says... July 30, 2012 at 11:56 a.m.

Why investigate the trooper? Is it because the did not arrest them and take them to jail? Was either of the car occupants on probation for a previous conviction? There seems to be a huge lack of information about the incident.

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DoWhat says... July 30, 2012 at 11:58 a.m.

Maurice Clerett? Is that you?

Go ahead and get a cell ready.....

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DoWhat says... July 30, 2012 at 12:03 p.m.

Why investigate the trooper? Really? Why would you not? If that were you or me would we get the same treatment? I am pretty sure the average Joe would have been arrested for this and not told he was going to tell the coach. LOL

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arkyparky says... July 30, 2012 at 12:04 p.m.

after penn state coverup and the patrino coverup you think cops would quit letting football players get away with stuff other people dont

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tncbg says... July 30, 2012 at 12:09 p.m.

I suppose the trooper may have some discretion regarding how to handle such an incident but how would he handle it if the kid was not a football player? Would a math major at the top of his class get the same treatment? For those who claim that poor little Michael is getting picked on or treated unfairly...maybe you should reconsider. Any kid dull enough to drive 96 mph smelling like weed with a gun in the car may not be a good fit for higher education. This kid seems determined to wear an orange jumpsuit so start getting one ready. That speed might come in handy in prison.

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VOM says... July 30, 2012 at 1:04 p.m.

This good ol' boy behavior is institutionalized in Ark. troopers. The same favoritism was shown the coach and his misstress after the m/c wreck. And we can never forget their aiding abetting of Slick Willie's every carnal desire.

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TigerInArk says... July 30, 2012 at 1:22 p.m.

The trooper needs to be investigated ... and probably fired. It would be bad enough if he was an ASU campus police, but a state trooper is willing to look the other way when a guy is going 96 in a 70, has marijuana in the car, and a gun, too?! All of that is O.K. because the guy is an ASU football player?!

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bendoverhereitcomesagain says... July 30, 2012 at 1:23 p.m.

U know that conversation went more like this.....Hey homie,why u goin so fast...oh snap u mike dye r..smells like some good up in that car momma bought u... is that a piece too...man we better call Gus on this before the media finds out ..Gus is the smart one he will know what to do..no need getting another brother with your skillz in trouble...by the way can i get a picture and some ink on my trooper hat

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Firefighter says... July 30, 2012 at 1:29 p.m.

Another "internal investigation"! What the public don't know won't hurt them. "We will take care of our own! Sorta like telling Paterno about Sandusky.

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