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Arkansas Kicker Suspended For DWI


Arkansas kicker Todd Latourette was suspended for Saturday's game at Mississippi State following his arrest on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, coach Houston Nutt said.

Latourette was picked up by Fayetteville police early Thursday morning but was not charged.

Latourette has played a steady role for the Razorbacks, having handled all kicks over the last four seasons, except one extra point attempt.

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  • Fayetteville police officer James Tolly said Latourette's blood-alcohol content was .12. The legal limit is .10.

    Also in the vehicle with Latourette was backup kicker Tony Dodson, who is Latourette's roommate. Dodson was not suspended but neither player practiced Thursday. Several other people were in the vehicle but no passengers were cited, police said.

    Nutt said walk-on kickers were to try out at practice Friday. A victory for the Razorbacks Saturday would clinch the Southeastern Conference Western Division title, securing a trip to Atlanta for the Dec. 5 championship game. Tennessee leads the race in the SEC East.

    Tolly said Latourette told him he had a beer and three mixed drinks at a bar near campus. Tolly pulled Latourette over shortly after 2 a.m. after seeing the vehicle Latourette was driving weave repeatedly, Tolly said.

    Latourette failed a field sobriety test and a blood-alcohol test, Tolly said.

    Latourette leads the SEC in kicking percentage, having made 71.4 percent of field goals -- 15 of 21. He has made all 36 extra points he has attempted and has scored 81 points this season.

    Nutt admonished his team after las week's close loss to No. 1 Tennessee to not do anything "stupid."

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