Idaho wide receiver Dezmon Epps was arrested for driving under the influence early Sunday morning in Pullman, according to Pullman police.
The incident, which occurred at 800 NE Ruby St., adjacent to Stubblefields bar and grill, was cited by Pullman Police at 1:23 a.m. Epps was pulled over for driving the wrong direction on a one-way street, Pullman police said.
The officer was led to suspicion of DUI and Epps failed a field sobriety test. He was arrested and taken to Whitman County jail. He is currently not in custody.
Epps led the Vandals in receiving during the 2013 season and the junior college transfer, who will be a senior in 2014, caught 79 passes for 980 yards and four touchdowns during his first season with the program. The Sacramento, Calif., native was named to the Biletnikoff Award Watch List in 2013 and had the fourth-best season by a Vandal receiver since 2000.
Epps caught 11 passes for 121 yards and a pair of touchdowns in Idaho’s Silver and Gold spring game Friday in the Kibbie Dome.
The report comes 16 hours after Idaho was hit with NCAA penalties due to low APR scores for the 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 seasons that resulted in a 2014 postseason ban and reduced practice time.
Idaho coach Paul Petrino has released this statement on the matter: “I am aware of the situation involving Dezmon Epps and I am disappointed in his actions. I will review the matter and it will be handled swiftly and decisively. Our student-athletes will understand that there will be discipline in our program. They will learn the responsibility they have in representing themselves, the football program, and the University of Idaho in the right manner. We will hold our student-athlete’s accountable for their actions at all times as character and integrity will always be a priority in our program. We will learn just as many life lessons through our failures as we will through our successes.”
The Argonaut will have more information as it becomes available.