Gatewood Arrested, Suspended

According to the Travis County Sheriff's Office, Tyrell Gatewood was arrested early Thursday morning for possession of a "dangerous drug." True freshman defensive back Ben Wells was a passenger in Gatewood's vehicle. Thursday afternoon, Texas head coach Mack Brown indefinitely suspended Gatewood from the team.

Texas safety Tyrell Gatewood was arrested early Thursday morning on three misdemeanors, including two counts of misdemeanor drug possession, according to the Travis County Sheriff's office. Gatewood was booked at 12:36 a.m. Bond is set a $5,500.

According to the the probable cause affidavit, freshman cornerback Ben Wells was also in the car and was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia, which is a Class C misdemeanor. He was not taken into custody.

Also according to the affidavit, the arresting sheriff's deputy smelled marijuana and found a small amount of it in a plastic bag, Xanax and promethazine with codeine (cough syrup) in a baby bottle hidden in a black bag.

Head coach Mack Brown addressed the situation in a release from Texas, stating:

"We're aware of the recent situation with Tyrell Gatewood. We've talked to Tyrell and his family and decided to suspend him indefinitely, pending the completion of the legal process. We're disappointed anytime one of our players is accused of wrongdoing. We have a great group of guys and will follow this situation closely. Following the completion of the legal process, we will do what's best for the university, Tyrell and the team. He will not be involved in any team functions at this time."

This isn't Gatewood's first run-in with the law. On September 4th, 2006, Gatewood, now-San Francisco 49ers and then-Longhorn cornerback Tarell Brown and former Texas linebacker Aaron Harris were arrested. Harris was driving Gatewood's car and, according to the probable cause affidavit, both Gatewood and Brown were asleep in the car at the time of the arrest. Harris admitted that he had been smoking marijuana and that the marijuana found in the car was his. Both Gatewood and Brown tested negative for marijuana and the charges against the two were dropped, but each served a one-game suspension, sitting out Texas' loss to Ohio State.

Originally a wide receiver at Texas, Gatewood moved to safety and has primarily been a special teams player for the Longhorns. He practiced at wide receiver some during fall camp due to the injuries to receivers Limas Sweed, Jordan Shipley and Billy Pittman. Gatewood has two tackles this season.

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