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WVU QB Ford Childress Arrested for DUI


Mountaineers freshman quarterback Ford Childress was arrested and charged with driving under the influence Thursday morning on WVU's downtown campus.

Morgantown Police Chief Ed Preston said a Morgantown Police Officer saw Childress, 18, driving on University Avenue without his vehicle's headlights on around 12:22 a.m. and was stopped near Falling Run Road.

Childress admitted to drinking beer after the arresting officer said he smelled alcohol while the two spoke, said Chief Preston. Childress then failed a field sobriety test, with a preliminary breath test revealing a blood alcohol content of .189, well exceeding the legal limit of .08, said Chief Preston.

A second test indicated Childress' blood alcohol content was .174.

He was released on a $250 bond.

Childress is listed as West Virginia's third-string quarterback this spring and one of only three playing the position at all. He, along with starter Geno Smith and backup Paul Millard, was scheduled to play in Saturday's Gold-Blue Spring Game.

Head coach Dana Holgorsen released a statement Friday, but did not specify whether Childress' arrest would impact his participation in the upcoming scrimmage. 

"I have been made aware of the situation and am gathering facts at this time," Holgorsen said in the statement. "I will take appropriate action when all the facts are in."

Childress committed to play for the Mountaineers out of Houston, Texas where he was rated as the No. 14 quarterback in the nation according to Rivals.com following his prep career for Kinkaid High School.

He enrolled at WVU in January to get an early start on the competition along with four other true freshman Mountaineers.

Holgorsen has said this spring that he expects to redshirt Childress in 2012.

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