December 12, 2008

Suspended Arizona linebacker out

Linebacker Sterling Lewis will miss Arizona's Las Vegas Bowl game on Dec. 20 because of drunk driving and other charges, the Arizona Daily Star reported.

The 5-foot-11 inch junior from Copperas Cove, Texas, was third on the Wildcats' defense with 59 tackles.

He transferred to Tucson following an MVP season in 2007 at Blinn Junior College in Brenham, Texas.

A Tucson police report said Lewis 21, was pulled early Thursday morning for driving the wrong way.

Sgt. Fabian Pacheco, a police department spokesman, said Lewis cooperated until he learned his vehicle was going to be impounded because his blood-alcohol level was at 0.15 or above, which is considered to be extreme DUI in Arizona.

Also, Lewis argued the stop was a racial issue.

Lewis allegedly used hand gestures and taunted officers, police said, which lead to additional charges.

Coach Mike Stoops met with Lewis Thursday afternoon before making his decision.

He'll be suspended for the game, but will continue to practice with the team, Stoops said.