LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- New Mexico State Universityâ€™s head football coach DeWayne Walker was arrested this past weekend for driving while intoxicated, but charges were dropped shortly after.
According to a police report, an officer said he pulled Walker over early Saturday morning after seeing him turn the wrong way onto a one-way street. Once pulled over, he said he noticed a slight smell of alcohol.
The report said Walker admitted to drinking, and was asked to complete field sobriety testing. He was arrested when he failed some of the tests, but Breathalyzer testing showed a .01 blood alcohol level. The charges were then dismissed.
â€œIt's kind of tough because he is a brand new coach here at school, he just started and he hasn't even had one season,â€ said Tyler Haugness of Las Cruces.
NMSU released this statement from Walker:
"I was not driving while intoxicated and thankfully those charges have been dismissed. I have been in contact with Dr. (McKinley) Boston and university administration and they have been fully apprised of this incident. I apologize if this has created a distraction for the University or my team. I look forward to fully resolving this matter in the very near future.
Lastly, I am thankful that the Las Cruces Police Department is out there doing their job to keep our community safe, a community of which I am proud to be a member."
Another statement was released from Athletics Director Dr. McKinley Boston.
â€œCoach Walker made me aware of the incident that occurred on May 22 and that he was detained on suspicion of a (DWI). Iâ€™m now aware that all charges have been dropped and from this point forward the NM State Athletics Department views this as a closed issue.â€
Walker will still have to report to magistrate court Friday for a citation for driving the wrong way.