Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield was arrested on Saturday morning in Arkansas. The Sooners released a short statement following his public intoxication charge.
It was a rough Saturday morning for Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield.
The Sooners quarterback was arrested in Arkansas and charged with public intoxication, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and fleeing, per the Washington County sheriff’s office.
According to the preliminary police report, an officer was flagged down to take an assault and battery report around 2:29 a.m. local time Saturday. The person who tracked down the officer was yelling at Mayfield, who told the officer he had been trying to break up an altercation. Per the report, the officer asked Mayfield to stay at the scene so he could jot down his statement, at which point Mayfield began “yelling profanities and causing a scene.”
After the QB began to walk away, the officer told him to stop, at which point Mayfield sprinted from the scene. The officer was forced to chase him down and tackle him to the ground. Mayfield reportedly refused to put his arms behind his back despite orders from the officer. Eventually, the office placed him in handcuffs and took him to a detention facility.
Mayfield reportedly had slurred speech, difficulty walking down stairs and was covered in food on the front of his clothing.
“We are aware of the matter and are learning the details,” Oklahoma said in a statement. “We don’t have any other information at this time.”
Mayfield faces an April 7 court date for the public intoxication charge.
The 6-foot-1, 210-pound Austin, TX, native has finished two straight seasons in the top five of the Heisman Trophy voting, and he broke the FBS season passing efficiency record last year. He announced in December that he would return for his senior season, which was a big boost for the OU offense. We’ll see how the Sooners and head coach Bob Stoops deal with this matter when all of the details are sorted out.