Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield was arrested in Fayetteville, Ark., on four misdemeanor charges in the early hours of Saturday morning.
Mayfield, a 2016 Heisman finalist who announced in December that he would return for his senior season, was arrested on a charge of public intoxication, disorderly conduct, fleeing and resisting arrest.
He was arrested at 2:56 a.m. Saturday and was released from the Washington County Detention Center at 11:23 a.m. when he posted bond.
According to Mayfield’s arrest report, a man flagged down the officer at 2:29 a.m. to take an assault and battery report. The man was yelling at Mayfield, who told the officer that he was trying to break up an altercation that occurred before the officer got there. The officer told Mayfield to wait so he could take his statement after he talked with the man who flagged him down.
While he was waiting, according to the report, Mayfield yelled curse words and was “causing a scene.” The officer noted in his report that Mayfield had trouble walking down stairs, his speech was slurred, there was food on the front of his shirt, and he smelled like alcohol. When the officer asked Mayfield to come to him, Mayfield began walking away, the officer wrote in his report.
The officer said he repeatedly told Mayfield to stop, and at that point, Mayfield began sprinting away. In the report, the officer wrote that he chased after him and tackled him to the ground. The officer said he gave orders to Mayfield to put his arms behind his back, but Mayfield kept his arms locked in a tight position and would not comply with the officer’s orders. Eventually, the officer got Mayfield’s arms behind his back and handcuffed him.
“We are aware of the matter and are learning the details. We don’t have any other information at this time,” an OU team spokesman said.
The senior quarterback is the second OU player to be arrested this offseason following cornerback Parrish Cobb’s January arrest as a result of his involvement in three first-degree felony armed robberies around his hometown of Waco, Texas.
Cobb has been suspended from the team and the university since the arrest.
In June 2016, OU cornerback Jordan Thomas was arrested on similar charges after a fight broke out in Campus Corner. Thomas was arrested for public intoxication, interference and assault and battery. Thomas was never charged in the incident, and the inference and assault and battery charges were dropped in August. He was given a deferred sentence for the public intoxication. Thomas did not miss any playing time in the 2016 season as a result of the arrest.
Mayfield is due in court on April 7, according to the Washington County website.