By Garth O'Brien | December 13, 2008
Filed Under Athlete DUI
Tucson, Arizona. The University of Arizona is heading to the Las Vegas Bowl on December 20th to face BYU. Star linebacker Sterling Lewis, 21, will not be joining his teammates because he was arrested for Extreme DUI this past Thursday on December 11th.
It was around 2:00 am that police noticed Lewis’ vehicle traveling on the wrong side of the road. During the DUI stop Lewis provided a breath test sample above 0.15. The DUI legal limit in Arizona is 0.08, and an Extreme DUI can be charged when a suspect surpasses the 0.15 level.
The police placed Lewis under arrest and mentioned his car was going to impound. This set Lewis off and he became belligerent using vulgarities, hand gesturing and even stated he was being arrested because he is African American. Blowing over a 0.15 clearly had nothing to do with his arrest.
Arizona football coach Mike Stoops was not impressed with Lewis’ actions and benched him from playing in the upcoming bowl game. Stoops acknowledged the Wildcats will miss Lewis’ on the field contribution, but held firm that such conduct is not condoned. Good job Stoops. It is nice to see a star athlete being reprimanded for such a horrible decision.