Arizona Wildcats wide receiver Samajie Grant was cited on suspicion of driving under the influence early Saturday morning, hours after helping the UA to a 42-35 win over rival Arizona State.
Grant will not start in Friday's Pac-12 Championship game against Oregon, coach Rich Rodriguez said in a statement this evening.
“We were notified earlier today of an issue involving Samajie Grant. After communicating with Samajie, local law enforcement and our athletics administration, we’ve decided that the appropriate form of action is to make sure Samajie receives counseling and takes part in community-service activities," Rodriguez said. "We’re disappointed in Samajie’s decision-making, but we expect this to be an isolated incident and he won’t be starting in the Pac-12 Championship game."
Grant failed a field sobriety test, said Deputy Tom Peine, a spokesman for the Pima County Sheriff's Department. Grant cooperated with authorities and was cited and released at the scene, Peine said. Grant was pulled over by a deputy on the DUI enforcement unit that was patrolling the area of North Campbell Avenue and East Sixth Street, Peine said.
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The deputy noticed a Chevrolet Camaro traveling west on Sixth Street and turning north onto Campbell, Peine said. The deputy observed a vehicle with the license plate lights not working and observed behavior of a possibly impaired driver, he said.
The deputy conducted a traffic stop near Campbell and East Third Street and noted seven people in the vehicle. He also smelled marijuana from the car, Peine said.
Grant was identified as the driver and was asked to exit the vehicle, Peine said.
After failing the field sobriety test, probable cause was found to cite and release Grant for driving under the influence of drugs, minor in possession of spirituous liquor, person under 21 in physical control of a motor vehicle with spirituous liquor, and driving without a valid operator’s license, Peine said.
The vehicle was impounded because Grant didn’t have a driver’s license, Peine said.
Grant, a sophomore from Compton, California, had four catches for 91 yards and two touchdowns in Arizona’s win over Arizona State.
UA athletic director Greg Byrne said the athletic department was made aware of the incident Saturday.
“We’re aware of the issue regarding Samajie Grant. We’ve been in contact with Samajie and local law enforcement has informed us that he was cooperative during the process," Byrne said. "We’re extremely disappointed in Samajie and he will be undergoing counseling and taking part in community service as a result of his actions.”