UA Basketball Player Charged with Drunken Driving

NOVEMBER 15, 2005 - Posted at 7:59 a.m. CST

FAYETTEVILLE, AR - Arkansas senior guard Eric Ferguson is facing a misdemeanor drunken driving charge out of Springdale.  Ferguson is to appear in court today.

Coach Stan Heath says Ferguson is under discipline.  Heath won't detail what punishment he has given to Ferguson but says the guard may not play Friday in the Razorback season opener against Portland State in Fayetteville.

Heath said he is getting Ferguson help.  The coach also said he's concerned because when one player makes a mistake it reflects on the other 13 players.

This is the second legal difficulty this year for Ferguson, who pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges, for careless driving and failure to answer a summons in August.

According to police reports, Springdale officer Hunter Helms saw Ferguson's car speeding through the parking lot at the Northwest Arkansas Holiday Inn and Convention Center at 4 a.m. on November 6.

Helms pulled Ferguson's car over on Interstate 540 and had the player take three field sobriety tests.  Helms arrested Ferguson and took him to the Springdale Police Department, where records show he registered a .16 on a blood alcohol breath test.  A second test registered at .17.  The legal limit is .08.

Ferguson was released on $605 bond.  He's due back in court on Monday, the same day the Razorbacks are due in Maui, Hawaii, for a tournament.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)