Mizzou linebacker arrested for DWI

Columbia, MO (Columbia Daily Tribune) - Missouri linebacker Will Ebner was arrested early Sunday morning on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. At approximately 1 a.m., an officer from the Boone County Sheriff's Department noticed Ebner's black Chevy Tahoe swerve toward the right side of the road three times while traveling eastbound on Nifong Blvd., Detective Tom O'Sullivan said this morning.

The officer pulled over the vehicle along the 3700 block of Churchill Road. Ebner's eyes were bloodshot and glassy and his speech was incoherent, according to the arrest report. He admitted he had been drinking and was cooperative, O'Sullivan said. The junior linebacker failed a breathalyzer test and was taken into custody at Boone County Jail where he posted $500 bond and was released. Three other unidentified passengers were in Ebner's truck at the time of his arrest.

His first appearance in Boone County Circuit Court Division 5 is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 16.

MU spokesman Chad Moller said Ebner's status with the team is being handled internally. Moller would not comment on any disciplinary action being taken.

Ebner, 20, has been recovering from a hamstring injury through most of preseason camp. He was Missouri's third-leading tackler last season with 78 stops and began the preseason as the Tigers' No. 2 middle linebacker, behind co-captain Luke Lambert.

The DWI arrest is the second to strike Missouri's football program this month. On Aug. 2, offensive line coach Bruce Walker was arrested outside the team facility on suspicion of operating his vehicle while intoxicated. Walker is still waiting to be officially charged by the city prosecutor. He's due in court for arraignment on Sept. 13, a city official said last week.