Boilers' Beckford cited for possible OWI


Apologies for not posting sooner, but Purdue starting linebacker Dwayne Beckford is in hot water after being cited early Friday by university police for suspicion of operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

Police stopped the 20-year-old Beckford at 3:57 a.m. Friday because he was driving left of the center line and had his license plate wrongly displayed. He was arrested and had a blood-alcohol level of .14, above the Indiana state legal limit of .08.

He was booked at the Tippecanoe County Jail and released a short time later.

Purdue says coach Danny Hope is aware of the incident and will address discipline with Beckford after he returns from a recruiting trip later this weekend. Beckford leads the Boilers with 91 tackles, including seven tackles for loss and three sacks. He also has an interception and a forced fumble.

The Boilers next play Dec. 27 against Western Michigan in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl at Detroit's Ford Field.

Friday's arrest marks Beckford's latest legal issue in recent months.

From The (Lafayette) Journal & Courier:

In June, he was charged with four counts of misdemeanor failure to stop after an accident. That was based on an April 21 hit-and-run.

West Lafayette police, on behalf of the Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Office, then went to Beckford's apartment at 102 N. Chauncey Ave. to serve an arrest warrant issued in the hit-and-run. Officers smelled marijuana and found drug paraphernalia in Beckford's room, Lt. Gary Sparger previously told the Journal & Courier.

Beckford was booked into the Tippecanoe County Jail on July 18 for the hit-and-run warrant. He was given a citation for the paraphernalia possession, which ordered him to appear for an initial hearing on Sept. 6 in Tippecanoe Superior Court 4.

Beckford did not show up for his initial hearing, and a no-bond warrant was issued Sept. 6. He turned himself in 10 days later.

Beckford pleaded guilty to those two cases and was sentenced to a combined one year and 364 days on unsupervised probation.

His latest arrest for suspicion of impaired driving could lead to his probation getting revoked because both judges ordered that Beckford not consume alcoholic beverages.

The linebacker also was ejected from a Nov. 19 game against Iowa for throwing a punch and didn't start the following week against Indiana. It will be interesting to see what type of discipline Hope hands out in this case.