A former Texas Christian University quarterback was taken into custody by Dallas police during the early morning hours of March 27 following an alleged drunk driving accident. While Trevone Boykin was not behind the wheel of the car involved, police claim to have found 7 grams of marijuana in a bag the 23-year-old former signal caller is said to have admitted was his. Boykin was transported to the Dallas County Jail for processing, and his bond was subsequently set at $500.

Police reports indicate that Boykin was sitting in the passenger seat of a vehicle being driven by a 25-year-old woman on Howell Street in central Dallas at about 2:15 a.m. Police responded to the area when they received reports of a vehicle being driven into a bar. The woman is said to have reversed her vehicle into the establishment at a high rate of speed. Seven of the bar’s patrons were transported to area hospitals with injuries that were not thought to be life-threatening.

Police say that Boykin initially fled the scene, but he returned after being asked to do so by the woman. The former college football star displayed signs of intoxication including bloodshot eyes and an unsteady gait according to police, and he was taken into custody on a public intoxication charge. A drug charge was added when Boykin allegedly admitted to owning a Gucci bag containing marijuana. Police say that the bag and its contents were discovered during a post-accident inventory of the vehicle.

The penalties for possessing even small amounts of illegal drugs can be severe in Texas, and experienced criminal defense attorneys may advise their clients to bear this in mind and make no statements to police unless a lawyer is present. Attorneys could also urge prosecutors to consider leniency when defendants are young and have done no real harm.