Gatewood Also Charged; DBs Sidelined

Backup safety Tyrell Gatewood was also charged with possession of less than two ounces of marijuana, along with starting RCB Tarell Brown, according to a Travis County Sheriff's Office press release. For now, neither will participate in team functions until Texas coaches make a final decision, head coach Mack Brown said Monday.

It was previously reported that only Tarell Brown and former Longhorn linebacker Aaron Harris were booked early Monday morning in the Travis County jail on Class B misdemeanor possession charges (less than two ounces of marijuana). Tyrell Gatewood also faces the Class B charge, while Brown was also charged with illegal possession of a handgun (Class A misdemeanor charges).

"We are aware of the situation with Tarell (Brown) and Tyrell (Gatewood) and have met with both of them," head coach Mack Brown said in a statement. "We're working closely with the young men and the authorities. At this time, we are holding them out of all team functions as we gather as much information as possible before making a team decision."

The three were arrested at approximately 2:48 a.m. Monday in the 7700 block of Interstate 35, according to a Sheriff's Office press release. From a report on

According to the Probable Cause Affidavit, the arresting officer pulled over a white 2003 Mercury driven by Harris after the car swerved in and out of lanes on a highway a few minutes before 3 a.m. CT. Brown and a second passenger were both asleep in the car.

After Harris passed field sobriety tests administered to test whether he was intoxicated, he told one of the officers on the scene that he had been smoking marijuana and admitted that there was "some" marijuana in the car.

As police officers approached the vehicle, one of them noticed a handgun on the lap of the sleeping passenger in the back seat, who was later identified as Brown. Police later confirmed that the gun was a loaded 9mm handgun.

Police also located a marijuana "blunt" cigar under the front seat of the vehicle weighing approximately 1.1 grams, as well as an additional 0.7 grams of marijuana in Harris' front pocket.

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Brown's attorney, Jamie Balagia released the following statement to us on Monday:

"It is my understanding that Aaron Harris was in actual (pants pocket) possession of a small amount of marijuana, and that Tarell Brown was merely a passenger in the vehicle. The weapon involved does not belong to, nor was it intentionally possessed by, Tarell. I will continue to update you as I learn more about the police version of arrest. There will be a video of the entire incident if the officer followed policy. I will be entering a plea of not guilty on behalf of Tarell Brown. Tarell is hopeful that this matter can be handled quickly so that he can concentrate on his studies and the Buckeyes. Tarell is cooperating with the UT athletic department and appreciates the support he is receiving from family and friends."

The maximum punishment for the Class A offense is one year in the county jail and a $4,000 fine. The maximum penalty for the Class B misdemeanor is 180 days in the county jail and a $2,000 fine.

Brown is a two-year starter who has played in 36 career games. Gatewood, a fourth-year junior, is not listed among the three-deep in this week's Longhorn depth chart. He played 24 games at WR or on special teams in 2004-05. He moved to linebacker in the spring before transitioning to safety.

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