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FAYETTEVILLE -- Arkansas Razorbacks quarterback Cole Kelley was arrested early Sunday by Fayetteville Police on charges of suspicion of DWI, careless driving and violation of the implied consent law.

Kelley was released on $935 bond for the misdemeanor charges at 11:46 a.m. He has a Rule 8.1 hearing this morning in Fayetteville District Court and is scheduled to appear in the same court on Dec. 15.

"I was informed early this morning of an incident involving Cole Kelley," Arkansas Coach Bret Bielema said in a statement Sunday morning. "We are gathering all information from the proper authorities and will make a determination upon review of that information."

According to the arrest report, Kelley was pulled over at 4 a.m. after a patrolman observed both tires on the passenger side of his vehicle go up on the curb near the corner of Wedington Drive and Steamboat Drive. Kelley's eyes were "red and watery," according to the report, and he performed two parts of the field sobriety test "in a manner consistent with intoxication."

Kelley was wearing a medical brace due to a turf toe injury on his right foot and was not asked to perform other parts of the standard field test. He did not consent to a portable breath test but provided a urine sample. Kelley was booked into the Washington County Detention Center at 8:47 a.m. and released about three hours later.

Kelley and the Razorbacks returned from Saturday's 33-10 loss at LSU on Saturday evening. Kelley, 20, played the final two series in the game, completing 3 of 10 passes for 36 yards. His final pass from the LSU 25 was intercepted in the end zone.

The 6-7 freshman from Lafayette, La., has a 2-2 record as a starter. He is 87 of 151 for 1,038 yards, with 8 touchdowns and 4 interceptions.

Kelley is the first known Arkansas football player arrested since fullback Hayden Johnson was charged with public intoxication and being a minor in possession of alcohol last October.

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  • RBear
    November 13, 2017 at 6:44 a.m.

    So I know the D-G is taking great pride in running this story so prominently as what appears the lead story on the online site, but isn't this a little over the top? Yes, the young man screwed up pretty royally. Yes, his scholarship is in question. Yes, he's a part of the anemic QB squad for the Hogs. But there's more to the news of the state than some knucklehead frosh QB who will hopefully figure out that there's more to life than just partying and acting stupid in college.
    I know reporting can be tough, especially when your staff is cut so much, but let's find another lead and hopefully it's not another pedophile story.

  • JPRoland
    November 13, 2017 at 7:48 a.m.

    I can't blame him. Most Razorback fans have been drinking more than usual this season. But, remember...don't drive after drinking!

  • hah406
    November 13, 2017 at 7:53 a.m.

    I agree RBear. This thing has been running as the lead story for over 24 hours now. The young man made a stupid mistake. Lots of college kids do, and he will pay the price both with the courts and internally on the team for his poor decision. But he is also having pretty much the worst day of his life, and there are more important stories than this. Let it fade on down the page already.

  • KingCoyote
    November 13, 2017 at 8:33 a.m.

    I don't find any problem with this being the lead story. The Razorbacks are almost always the lead story, especially on Sunday after a game where the score is on the FRONT page. This young man is also a public figure especially in AR. Maybe kids should know their role models aren't really good role models. I especially get a kick out of the comment that no football player has been arrested since last October. Is that a record to go a little more than a year without a football player committing a crime...and didn't Jeremy Sprinkle shoplift last December at the Belk Bowl????

  • GeneralMac
    November 13, 2017 at 9:16 a.m.

    I agree with King Coyote !

    I get the daily newspaper and the Hogs are frequently front page headlines.

    I don't recall any of the other people complaining about that until now.
    And, a poster yesterday said this guy had off field problems before becoming a Razorback.
    Does Coach B screen his recruits for character ?

  • NoUserName
    November 13, 2017 at 9:24 a.m.

    There is always a more important story. Taking the DG to task over placement of this one is silly.

  • lmaaron4307031554
    November 13, 2017 at 9:46 a.m.

    He should have taken a cab or Uber. That would have saved a lot of trouble. Better to learn now rather than later.

  • Dinkidau
    November 13, 2017 at 9:50 a.m.

    If this had just been a student and not a student athletic, it wouldn't have made the paper. BUT .. Cole Kelly is a High Profile Student Athletic and represents the U of A not just at Fayetville but the entire SEC and beyond. Not just adults but children looked to Kelly to be a leader and an example for others to follow. Student Athletics that don't live up to the high standards of the U of A Athletic Program, should not be allowed to play. To often in the past the U of A have let Athletics continue to play after committing crimes. Other colleges have done the same and at times it's come back to bite the college in the butt.

  • RBear
    November 13, 2017 at 9:57 a.m.

    With regards to lead story, it ran for over 24 hours as lead in the online site. It has since been moved aside, but still running in the top stories. The obsession with chasers in here is bizarre.

  • GeneralMac
    November 13, 2017 at 10:50 a.m. seem very defensive of bad publicity that the Razorbacks get.

    Reminds me of that fiasco last year with members of the Lady Razorback basketball team taking a protest knee during the national anthem.
    I wrote my disgust in a letter to the paper where I gave my name and town. Some " defender", quite knowledgeable about every detail of the U of A athletics.............took a COWARDS approach by looking up my telephone # and tried to angrily debate my letter while refusing to give THEIR name and hiding behind a blocked phone #.

    Yes, some of those " defenders" will go to great lengths to protect their "precious
    " Razorbacks from any bad publicity.