Driving under the influence is never acceptable behavior and, frankly, that goes without saying. However, in the case of Oregon wide receiver Darren Carrington, that is but one part of a wild and highly unfortunate story.
Andrew Greif of The Oregonian brings word that Carrington was arrested for DUI on Saturday morning in Eugene and he was charged with a misdemeanor count. The report indicates that Carrington’s incident came at 3:15 am local time and the police report saying that Carrington was driving a vehicle that crashed into a local McDonald’s drive-thru.
That adds an element of craziness to an already troubling report, as Carrington’s alleged behavior was already a problem even aside from the collision. Still, the report indicates that he was booked into Lane County jail by 5:30 am and, shortly thereafter, bond was posted to provide his release.
Oregon head coach Willie Taggert has reportedly suspended Carrington indefinitely, saying in part that the program is “continuing to gather the facts in this matter.” The next step in the legal process will arrive when Carrington appears before a judge on July 6 but, until then, it will be interesting to see what kind of additional details emerge in the case.
The rising senior wide receiver is a key cog of the Oregon offense but, with the available facts, Taggert’s decision to suspend Carrington seems both appropriate and necessary.
This isn’t the first time in his career that Carrington has been suspended. He was also suspended back for the 2014-15 College Football Playoff title game after a failed drug test.