An 18-year-old University of Texas football player was arrested by Texas A&M police on suspicion of DWI Saturday, April 6.

Kendall O'Brien Sanders was initially pulled over after an officer allegedly observed him speeding down Raymond Stotzer Parkway around 2:30 a.m. Reportedly, he was only 8 mph over the 40 mph speed limit.

The officer who initiated the traffic stop reported that Sanders "smelled of alcohol" and "had glassy eyes." The officer said Sanders was given "several" field sobriety tests and failed them all.

Sanders was then administered a blood alcohol content test. He blew a 0.096, according to his arrest report. In Texas, anything over 0.08 is considered intoxicated and there is a zero-tolerance policy for anyone under the age of 21 who consumes alcohol.

Sander was taken to Brazos County Jail and was released in a matter of hours after posting $3,000 bail.

Shortly after his arrest, University of Texas sources had not issued any kind of statement. However, it is hard to imagine that Sanders' arrest will not negatively impact his athletic career. The athletic departments of major colleges and universities are often reluctant to give any appearance of sanctioning bad behavior, so they often temporarily suspend student-athletes who are arrested, even if they have yet to be convicted.

If Sanders is convicted, it may have negative consequences for his future on the football team. If that happens, it should illustrate for our readers that there are often very serious consequences to DWI, even outside the courtroom.

Source: The Bryan-College Station Eagle, "University of Texas football player arrested on DWI charge in College Station," April 7, 2013

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