KNOXVILLE — Knoxville police this weekend arrested a combative and allegedly intoxicated University of Tennessee football player outside a West Knoxville club.
Just hours after the Vols wrapped up spring practice with the Orange and White Game on Saturday, one of the stars of the exhibition was picked up for misdemeanor charges for an incident on Sunday morning.
Darren Myles Jr., 19, who plays the safety position, was arrested about 2:29 a.m. by officers with the Knoxville Police Department, said police spokesman Darrell DeBusk.
Myles was charged with public intoxication, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. He was jailed in lieu of $1,500 bond. Because of telephone and computer problems this morning at the Knox County Detention Facility, it was unclear if Myles was still in jail.
DeBusk said bouncers at Sobu, 6213 Kingston Pike, removed Myles “due to being intoxicated and disorderly.” Myles, police said, continued to create a disturbance in the parking lot of the club.
“Officers observed Myles being drunk and disorderly and riding on the hood of a vehicle in the parking lot,” DeBusk said.
Although DeBusk said, “Myles resisted arrest and started fighting with the officers as they were attempting to take him into custody,” no officers were injured during the incident.
DeBusk said Myles “had a strong smell of alcohol on his person and was unsteady on his feet.”
Myles was not charged with underage consumption of alcohol. DeBusk said the incident will be reported to the KPD Inspections Unit, which oversees business compliance with laws concerning serving underage patrons.
According to a release from the UT athletic department, the charges involve sophomore who was among the best performers throughout new coach Derek Dooley’s first 15 practices.
“I am disappointed in Darren’s behavior,” Dooley said in the release. “We are conducting a thorough investigation to determine a proper course of action.
“We will continue to implement our structures to educate, discipline and support our student-athletes so that they represent the University of Tennessee with class and integrity.”
The sophomore is expected to play a critical role for UT at the back of the defense along with Janzen Jackson, and the strong combination could make the secondary one of the strengths for the team.
More details as they develop online and in Tuesday’s News Sentinel.