Longhorns DT Houston suspended after being charged with DWI

Updated: September 1, 2008, 12:26 AM ET
By Tim Griffin | ESPN.com

Texas defensive tackle Lamarr Houston was suspended at least for the Longhorns' upcoming game Saturday at UTEP after he was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated after being involved in an accident in Austin earlier Sunday.

Texas coach Mack Brown made the announcement late Sunday evening after meeting with Houston and his family.

"We decided that he will not be making the trip to El Paso and play in this week's game," Brown said in a prepared statement. "He asked to apologize to the team and did so at our team meeting earlier today. The issue will be handled within the team and any further action will be addressed at the appropriate time."

The incident happened only a few hours after Houston started in the Longhorns' 52-10 season-opening victory over Florida Atlantic.

Austin police Lt. Max Johnson said Houston was involved in a two-car accident where there were no injuries. The accident occurred about 3:15 a.m. at the intersection of 11th Street and Interstate 35, Johnson said.

Houston had been in Travis County Jail late Sunday morning under bonds totaling $3,000. Driving while intoxicated is a Class B misdemeanor under Texas law.

Houston notched three tackles, including two for losses, in the victory over the Owls.

He moved to defensive tackle during the spring after starting 11 games for the Longhorns at defensive end during the 2007 season.

Texas coach Mack Brown learned of Houston's arrest shortly after it occurred.

"We're aware of Lamarr's situation and are disappointed any time one of our players is accused of wrongdoing," Brown said in an earlier statement. "We take a strong stance against drinking and driving and will thoroughly investigate the situation."

Brown instituted a "zero tolerance" policy for off-the-field behavior after six Longhorns were arrested during a four-month period last summer. Since then, no Longhorns had been arrested before Houston.

Among those arrested last summer included linebacker Sergio Kindle and defensive end Henry Melton, who were both arrested on drunken driving charges. Both were suspended for the first three games of the 2007 season before they were reinstated.

Tim Griffin covers college football for ESPN.com You may contact him at espntimgriff@yahoo.com