Hicks due in court April 26; played 10 games in '04
WEST FORK, Ark. -- Arkansas Razorbacks tight end Jared Hicks and two others were apparently going for a swim on the White River when they were stopped by an officer and arrested on alcohol-related misdemeanors, West Fork Police Chief Michael Nelson said Wednesday.
All three were scheduled for a court appearance April 26 in West Fork District Court.
The police chief said the officer stopped their car in a local park after observing it moving erratically; the driver, Steve Sprick of West Fork, was issued a driving-while-intoxicated citation; Hicks, 21, and the other passenger were cited on public drunkenness charges. All three were taken to the Washington County jail in Fayetteville, the chief said.
The arrest was made at 11:24 a.m. Monday. Hicks was released at 12:11 p.m., the same day.
Additional details will be available when the police report is filed later this week, the chief said. He said the arresting officer has been out since the incident.
Arkansas coach Houston Nutt wasn't available for comment. He was with his ailing father, who was hospitalized in Little Rock.
Hicks, who is from Bartlesville, Okla., played 10 games last season, despite dislocating his shoulder in the opener. He caught eight passes for 98 yards and two touchdowns in 2004.
Hicks had offseason surgery for his shoulder injury, but was hurt again during Arkansas' first scrimmage this spring. He was held out of last Saturday's Red and White scrimmage. In his three-year career, Hicks has made 13 catches for 154 yards and has scored two touchdowns.
Hicks' arrest comes just more than a month after Arkansas senior linebacker Clarke Moore was arrested and charged with driving under the influence in Farmington on March 12.
It is the program's 15th alcohol-related arrest in coach Houston Nutt's eight years with Arkansas. Hicks is the 30th player to have a run-in with the law during Nutt's tenure.
Less than 24 hours after Hicks' arrest, former Arkansas basketball player Michael Jones, 22, was arrested on a misdemeanor charge for failure to appear in a Bentonville court two years ago to settle a traffic violation.
Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press