Three Cougars arrested, police spokesman says

PULLMAN -- Three WSU football players were arrested early Sunday morning in two separate incidents, Pullman Police Commander Chris Tennant tells

Tanielu Ekuale, better known as Daniel Ekuale, was found in Stubblefields on 600 NE Colorado St. at about 1 a.m. Sunday and was arrested for being a minor frequenting a tavern, said Tennant. Ekuale, who was born on Jan. 13, 1994, was arrested with a 17-year-old male, and both men self-identified themselves as a part of the football team.

Tennant said he could not identify the 17-year-old male because he's under 18 years of age. The police log also does not identify any other arrest made at 600 NE Colorado St.

Officers were contacted by Stubblefields’ management at about 1 a.m., after they had seen a couple of underage people in the bar. The bar requires its patrons to be 21 in order to enter the premises. The Pullman police report cited a false ID. Ekuale was released and the charges will now be forwarded to the Whitman County Prosecutor's Office, said Tennant.

Theron West was arrested later the same morning at 4 a.m. for reckless driving. The incident was originally reported as a domestic dispute, but when officers responded to the scene, they saw a car leaving the parking lot of the apartment complex on 375 NE Terre View Dr at "an extreme rate of speed," said Tennant.

Tennant went on to say said one of the officers actually had to jump out of the way of the moving vehicle. The car was later stopped and the driver was identified as West.

It turned out that West was not involved in the domestic dispute that was originally reported, and that dispute was actually between two women whom West knows. He was driving away from the area so that he was not associated with the domestic dispute incident, said Tennant.

West was also released, but he received a traffic infraction for not having his license or car insurance.

West has been a regular on the field this season, playing as the first-team running back alongside Jamal Morrow. He has 27 rushing yards on 4 carries through the first two games of the 2014 season. He has the longest WSU run of the season at 19 yards.

Ekuale has been with the second-team defensive line this season, and so has not seen as much time on the field. He has played in both of the Cougars’ games this season, backing up Xavier Cooper at tackle.

Washington State’s policy under Mike Leach has been not to comment on off-field incidents. “We don’t comment on team matters,” WSU SID Bill Stevens told CF.C. Both players were at practice Sunday night and participated from what I observed.

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