Arkansas state trooper fired over Michael Dyer traffic stop

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas State Police trooper who found a gun and marijuana during a traffic stop of then-Arkansas State running back Michael Dyer has been fired.

The agency on Thursday released a termination letter sent to Cpl. Royce Denney, who is appealing his firing.

The letter from Col. J.R. Howard says Denney's judgment showed that he was "unable to conform to the standards of professionalism" required by the agency.

Dyer was ticketed for going 96 mph in a 70 mph zone during the March 10 stop. The letter says Denney wrongly turned off his in-car video recorder, illegally confiscated the gun and dumped the marijuana along the road.

Dyer was a star at Auburn, but followed assistant Gus Malzahn to Arkansas State when Malzahn took the head coaching job. He was dismissed last week.