NORMAN, Okla. — A University of Oklahoma football player has been accused of driving a motor scooter while intoxicated. On top of that, police say the 24-year-old was also driving without a license.
Felony charges have been filed against Londell Taylor, because police say this isn’t the backup linebacker’s first run in with the law.
Norman police say for the second time Redshirt Sophomore Londell Taylor was arrested early Sunday for driving under the influence. Not behind the wheel of a car, rather, a Honda Ruckus. Authorities also say he was driving with a revoked license.
According to court documents, police watched as Taylor drove his motor scooter through a parking lot at Boyd and Monnet, onto the sidewalk, through an intersection and back on to the sidewalk
A Norman police officer asked Taylor how much he had to drink to which he stated about 10 to 11 beers. The officer goes on to explain how unsteady Taylor was as he stood up and how poorly he performed for a field sobriety test.
In a similar incident in 2011, Norman police arrested Taylor after he left the scene of a crash while intoxicated, less than an hour after an OU win against Missouri.
Taylor is a member of the university’s 2007 signing class but played baseball in the minors for Detroit before walking on at OU in 2011. Norman police say sometimes arrests like this one are unpopular in Norman.
“There are a lot of people out there who are very dedicated to the University of Oklahoma and particularly the football program,” says Captain Tom Easley. “Sometimes we get some nasty emails and some less than flattering posts on our Facebook page because people blame it on us. Well we’re just doing a job.”
But he wants fans to know, no one gets special treatment.
“We try to treat everyone the same,” says Easley. “That’s our job, to remain objective, to look at facts, the circumstances and the entire situation and make a judgment call that is in everyone’s best interest.”
Taylor’s arrest comes after fellow teammate Chuka Ndulue was arrested last month on a DUI complaint as well.
University officials say they are aware of the situation and are handling it internally. These arrests have typically resulted in a one game suspension under Coach Bob Stoops.