The Friday morning arrest of Texas Longhorns offensive guard Kent Perkins for driving while intoxicated came after the senior crashed his Dodge Charger in a single-vehicle accident.
An affidavit of the incident reveals that Perkins was asked to leave the Raising Cane’s near the southwestern corner of the University of Texas campus at around 2:45 a.m. because he was asleep at the wheel in the drive-through line.
Just after exiting Raising Cane’s, Perkins crashed his car and was later found asleep at the wheel once again when an officer arrived on the scene. After waking Perkins initially, the 6’6, 325-pounder once again fell asleep.
When he did finally regain consciousness and exited his car, the officer detected an odor of alcohol on his breath. Perkins failed subsequent field sobriety tests and admitted to consuming mixed vodka drinks, then registered a .178 on a preliminary breath test, more than twice the legal limit.
Perkins was booked at the Travis County Jail at 4:54 a.m. After posting a $40,000 bond, Perkins left the jail at 10:30 a.m. on Friday morning.
After news of the arrest broke, Texas head coach Charlie Strong released a statement about the incident.
“We are aware of the situation involving Kent Perkins and gathering facts at this time. We’re disappointed in his actions and take a strong stance against drinking and driving. When you get behind the wheel after drinking, you not only risk your life, but the lives of others, and that’s just something that you can’t do. We will make sure that Kent learns from this and handle any punishment once we have more information.”
Given the details of the affidavit, Perkins will likely face a multi-game suspension, but since there haven’t been any similar arrests during Strong’s tenure, it’s difficult to say precisely how he will deal with the situation.