AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas junior defensive end Henry Melton was
arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated early Friday.
Melton was pulled over in the popular Sixth Street entertainment
district about 2:30 a.m. after officers noticed his truck driving
in an unsafe manner, Austin police spokeswoman Laura Albrecht said.
In the arrest report, officer Steven Martinez said Melton failed
a field sobriety test, smelled strongly of alcohol, had bloodshot
eyes, staggered, used profanity and was insulting during his
Melton also told the officer he had nothing to drink, Martinez reported.
Melton was charged with DWI and taken to the Travis County Jail.
He was released at 8:15 a.m. after posting a $1,500 personal
recognizance bond, according to jail records.
Texas athletic spokesman John Bianco said school officials were
aware of the arrest and were looking into it. It was not
immediately clear if Melton has an attorney.
Melton was a backup running back his first two seasons with the
Longhorns before moving to defensive end this spring. He rushed for
432 yards and scored 10 touchdowns as the Longhorns' short-yardage
specialist in 2005 when Texas won the national championship.
His role was more limited in 2006 when he rushed for 193 yards
and six touchdowns.
Melton, 6 feet 3 and 270 pounds, is expected to compete for playing
time next season at defensive end with the departure of last
season's starters Brian Robison and Tim Crowder.