Bielema ‘disappointed’ in football player’s DWI arrest

Austin Flynn

Arkansas senior defensive end Austin Flynn was arrested early Wednesday and charged with driving while intoxicated, careless driving and no proof of insurance, according to the Washington County Detention Center website.

Flynn, 22, was pulled over shortly after 1 a.m. by Fayetteville police near Huntsville and Happy Hollow roads after he was observed driving 40 mph in a 25 mph zone, according to reports. Police said Flynn’s blood alcohol content was .14, nearly twice the .08 legal limit. He was released from the Washington County Detention Center at 9:15 a.m. after posting a $1,075 bond.

Flynn is the ninth Arkansas football player arrested since last March, but is the first since the December hiring of new head football coach Bret Bielema.

“I am aware of the situation involving Austin Flynn, and I am disappointed in his actions,” Bielema said in a statement. “I will review the matter and it will be handled swiftly and decisively.

“Our student-athletes will understand there will be discipline in our program and will learn the responsibility they have in representing Arkansas in the right way. We will hold our student-athletes accountable for their actions at all times and character and integrity will always be a priority. Within our program, we will learn just as many life lessons through our failures as we will through our future success.”

Arkansas football player arrests since March 2012

Feb. 13, 2013 — Defensive lineman Austin Flynn was charged with driving while intoxicated, careless driving and no proof of vehicle insurance.
Nov. 4, 2012 — Linebacker Terrell Williams was charged with driving while intoxicated.
Oct. 10, 2012 — Defensive end Chris Smith was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear in court.
May 12, 2012 — Wide receivers Maudrecus Humphrey and Marquel Wade, along with tight end Andrew Peterson were charged with one count each of residential burglary.
April 17, 2012 — Linebacker Tyler Gilbert was charged with aggravated burglary and theft of property.
April 2, 2012 — Wide receiver Michael Whitehurst was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
March 17, 2012 — Offensive lineman Jason Peacock was charged with felony theft of property.
Source: NBC Sports