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Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield arrested overnight in Fayetteville

Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield arrested overnight in Fayetteville
Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield was arrested late Friday night in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield was arrested late Friday night in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

University of Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield was arrested late Friday night in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and faces multiple charges including public intoxication, disorderly conduct, fleeing and resisting arrest.

Mayfield was arrested around 2:30 a.m. in Fayetteville’s Dickson Street district.

According to a police report, an officer was flagged down to take an assault and battery report. The person who flagged down the officer was yelling at a man, later identified as Mayfield.

The officer asked Mayfield to talk to him, and Mayfield told him he had been trying to break up an altercation. Mayfield was asked to stay to give a statement, according to the police report.

As the officer interviewed other parties, Mayfield was “yelling profanities and causing a scene. Mayfield was intoxicated,” the report says, depicting a difficulty walking down stairs, slurred speech and an odor of intoxicants. “The front of Mayfield’s clothing was covered in food,” the report says.

baker-police-mugThe officer told Mayfield to come over to him, but Mayfield instead walked away.

“I repeatedly told him to stop,” the officer reports. “Mayfield then began to sprint away. I chased after him. Mayfield was tackled to the ground.

“While on the ground, I gave repeated orders for him to place his arms behind his back. Mayfield kept his arms locked tight and would not allow me to place his arms behind his back. I eventually forced Mayfield’s arms behind his back. I then placed him in handcuffs.”

Mayfield was transported to Washington County Detention Facility.

Mayfield was booked at 8:21 a.m. into the county facility, and bonded out at 11:23 a.m. Saturday morning. According to the Washington County Sheriff’s Department, Mayfield now faces an April 7 court date. The Sooners annual Red/White Game spring scrimmage is scheduled for April 8.

“We are aware of the matter and are learning the details,” OU said in a statement. “We don’t have any other information at this time.”

After finishing fourth in the Heisman Trophy voting in 2015 and leading OU to a College Football Playoff appearance, Mayfield was a Heisman Trophy finalist last season in guiding the Sooners to a second consecutive Big 12 Conference title. He was named Sugar Bowl MVP and set the NCAA record for passer efficiency rating.


Columnist John E. Hoover is co-host of “Further Review with Hoover & Rew” and can be heard every weekday on The Franchise in Tulsa from noon to 3 p.m. with co-host Lauren Rew. In Oklahoma City, catch him Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings at 10:25 and every Friday afternoon at 4:05. Listen at fm107.7 in OKC, fm107.9/am1270 in Tulsa, on The Franchise app, or click the “Listen” tab on The Franchise home page.

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John Hoover

Hoover wrote for the Tulsa World for 24 years before joining The Franchise, where he's now co-host of "Further Review" on The Franchise Tulsa (weekdays 12-3, fm107.9/am1270) . In his time at the World, Hoover won numerous writing and reporting awards, including in 2011 National Beat Writer of the Year from the Associated Press Sports Editors for his work covering the Oklahoma Sooners. Hoover also covered Oklahoma State, Arkansas, Oral Roberts and the NFL as a beat writer. From 2012 to 2016, Hoover was the World's lead sports columnist. As a columnist, Hoover won national awards in 2012 and 2014 from the National Athletic Trainers Association for reporting on sports medicine and in 2015 won first place in sports columns from the Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists. After receiving a journalism degree from East Central University, Hoover worked at newspapers in Ada, Okmulgee, Tahlequah and Waynesville, Mo. He played football at Ada High School and grew up in North Pole, Alaska. Hoover and his family live in Broken Arrow.

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