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Friday, June 1, 2007
Texas officials looking into defensive end's arrest

Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas junior defensive end Henry Melton was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated early Friday.

In the arrest report, officer Steven Martinez said Melton failed a field sobriety test, smelled strongly of alcohol, had bloodshot eyes, staggered, used profanity and was insulting during his interview. Melton also told the officer he had nothing to drink, Martinez reported.

Melton was pulled over in the popular Sixth Street entertainment district about 2:30 a.m. after officers noticed his truck driving in an unsafe manner, Austin police spokeswoman Laura Albrecht said.

In the arrest report, officer Steven Martinez said Melton failed a field sobriety test, smelled strongly of alcohol, had bloodshot eyes, staggered, used profanity and was insulting during his interview.

Melton also told the officer he had nothing to drink, Martinez reported.

Melton was charged with DWI and taken to the Travis County Jail. He was released at 8:15 a.m. after posting a $1,500 personal recognizance bond, according to jail records.

Texas athletic spokesman John Bianco said school officials were aware of the arrest and were looking into it. It was not immediately clear if Melton has an attorney.

Melton was a backup running back his first two seasons with the Longhorns before moving to defensive end this spring. He rushed for 432 yards and scored 10 touchdowns as the Longhorns' short-yardage specialist in 2005 when Texas won the national championship.

His role was more limited in 2006 when he rushed for 193 yards and six touchdowns.

Melton, 6 feet 3 and 270 pounds, is expected to compete for playing time next season at defensive end with the departure of last season's starters Brian Robison and Tim Crowder.