Moore Arrested For DWI

FAYETTEVILLE -- Arkansas senior linebacker Clarke Moore was arrested for suspicion of driving while intoxicated after a traffic stop in Farmington on March 12 and, as a result, could face severe penalties from coach Houston Nutt.

According to Farmington Police Department records, Moore, 22, was veering left of the center line and pulled over by an officer at 2:06 a.m. Police said he failed a field sobriety test and refused to take a breath test at the Farmington Police Department.

Moore was transported to Washington County Jail, where he was booked and released shortly later. He was cited for DWI and refusal to submit to a breath test and is scheduled to appear in Farmington City Court on May 11.

Moore will practice with the team when spring drills begin March 28, but Nutt said he is considering pulling the fifth-year senior's scholarship next fall. That would leave Moore as a walk-on during his final season with the Razorbacks.

"He's never made a mistake in five years," Nutt said. "He's a great, great person, great young man that has been raised the right way. I'm very, very disappointed in his decision. I haven't decided, I'm still evaluating everything. He's going to pay a severe price, even maybe the possibility of losing his scholarship.

"But, I tell you what, nobody feels as bad as Clarke Moore right now."

Moore, who lives in Farmington, said the incident occurred after he drove home from a friend's house "down the street." He said he was pulled over by police "less than a block, a block and a half, maybe" from his home.

Nutt said Moore will go through an alcohol awareness course with Arkansas Student Life Coordinator Rodger Hunter and will be disciplined within the team. Moore said he'll accept any punishment for his actions.

"I just made a mistake," Moore said. "I'm human. I didn't mean for this to happen. The last five days have been the lowest of lows for me. I didn't mean to hurt this program, hurt this university like I did. It's totally out of character on my part.

"There's no excuses for what I did. I made a bad judgment, bad decision. Hopefully we can move past it."

Moore's arrest is the first for an Arkansas player in more than a year and the program's 14th alcohol-related incident in Nutt's eight years in Fayetteville.

Defensive back John Jackson was suspended from spring drills last February after being arrested for driving while intoxicated and didn't rejoin the team until the offseason. Linebacker Sam Olajubutu was suspended indefinitely after being arrested for driving while intoxicated in November 2003 and missed one game.

Moore underwent arthroscopic knee surgery this winter and will be limited to non-contact drills during the first half of spring practice. But Moore said he's hoping to return to contact work before spring practice ends April 16.

"This guy is on his fifth year," Nutt said. "He's done nothing but great things in the community. It just makes you sick that he can't think better than that."

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