The Houston, Tx., native then failed field sobriety tests. A breath test indicated is blood alcohol content was .189, though a later test pegged the number at .174. Both are more than twice the legal limit for driving, .08.
Mountaineers coach Dana Holgorsen offered a vague statement to the Dominion Post on the incident.
"I have been made aware of the situation and am gathering facts at this time," Holgorsen said, according to the report. "I will take appropriate action when all the facts are in."
There was no immediate indication as to Childress' status for Saturday's Gold-Blue Spring Game. Because reporters were not permitted to attend practice on Thursday, it also was not clear if Childress participated in drills.
Childress is listed as the third-string quarterback on West Virginia's depth chart, and Holgorsen has indicated this spring that he would like to redshirt Childress this season.
Childress enrolled at WVU in January after graduating early from Houston's Kinkaid High School. Scout.com ranked him a 3-star prospect and the No. 26 quarterback prospect in the class of 2012. He chose the Mountaineers over offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Florida State and Oklahoma State, among others.