Jackson suspended from Razorbacks

Updated: February 11, 2004, 1:38 AM ET
Associated Press

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Arkansas defensive back John Jackson has been suspended from the team and he won't participate in spring practice after being arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated Sunday morning.

Jackson, 19, was stopped at 2:48 a.m. after Fayetteville police observed the car he was driving speed past a patrol car, roll through a stop sign and nearly hit another car turning onto Poplar Street, Sgt. Shannon Gabbard said Tuesday.

According to the police report Gabbard was reading from, the officer that stopped Jackson had reason to believe he had been driving under the influence. More specific information will have to come from city prosecutor Casey Jones, who typically doesn't see the arrest reports for several days.

Jackson, a rising junior from Monticello, went through a field sobriety test and he declined to take a breath test, which resulted in an automatic arrest. He was also cited for reckless driving.

He was booked into city jail at 7:15 a.m. and bonded out by 9:15 a.m., a jail spokesman said.

Jackson's locker has been cleaned out, Arkansas coach Houston Nutt said. Jackson will have to meet regularly with Rodger Hunter, the director of student life for the men's athletic department, to go through counseling and community service.

"He knows better and he's very remorseful," Nutt said in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. "I've heard from a lot of people [on his behalf], his family. It's a hard lesson to be learned.

"He's kind of out of the Razorback family right now, except we're going to help with education of alcohol by going to a lot of different programs."

Most of Jackson's two seasons have been spent as a reserve defensive back and special teams player. He's one of only three scholarship players with any returning experience in the secondary.

Jackson, who made 17 tackles last year, played two games at outside linebacker after senior Jimarr Gallon was kicked off the team for a DWI arrest. Gallon was dismissed in the days following sophomore Sam Olajubutu's arrest for the same offense.

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