Minnesota's Tinsley faces charges

Updated: April 20, 2010, 4:38 PM ET
By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com

Minnesota linebacker Gary Tinsley faces charges including fleeing police and driving while intoxicated following his arrest early Sunday.

According to Minneapolis police, two people were spotted driving mopeds the wrong way on a one-way street shortly after 1 a.m. Sunday. An officer ordered them to stop, but both people continued driving before one driver, later identified as Tinsley, fled on foot before being captured by University of Minnesota police.

Tinsley, a 20-year-old junior, was booked and charged with two felonies -- fleeing police in a vehicle and on foot -- and three misdemeanors, including driving while intoxicated and reckless driving.

A spokesman for the football team said Tuesday morning that Tinsley hasn't been suspended and that school officials are looking into the situation.

Tinsley was cited for underage drinking and fleeing police on foot in September, but he wasn't suspended by the team.

Athletic director Joel Maturi told The (St. Paul) Pioneer Press that he was still gathering information about Tinsley's latest incident.

"We're disappointed," Maturi said, according to the report. "We're frustrated. I believe we'll handle it appropriately."

Tinsley is a projected starter at linebacker for the Gophers, who lose all three starters at the position from last season's team. Tinsley appeared in all 13 games as a reserve last season and was credited with 21 tackles, including a sack.

Earlier this spring, two other Minnesota defenders, starting safety Kyle Theret and linebacker Sam Maresh, were both cited for alcohol-related offenses.

Adam Rittenberg covers Big Ten football for ESPN.com. He can be reached at espnritt@gmail.com.