Eugene Police arrest Ducks assistant football coach on DUII charges
EUGENE, Ore. – A University of Oregon assistant football coach faces charges for driving under the influence after police pulled him over early Sunday morning.
It’s been less than a week since the University of Oregon hired co-offensive coordinator David Reaves. He was arrested shortly after 2 a.m. for drinking and driving near 10th Avenue and Willamette Street.
According to the Eugene Police Department, officers suspected 38-year-old Reaves was impaired when they stopped him.
After investigation, they charged him with reckless driving, reckless endangerment and DUII.
The university’s athletic department placed him on administrative leave.
University of Oregon Athletic Director Rob Mullens released the following statement regarding the arrest:
“University of Oregon assistant football coach David Reaves was arrested last night and charged with Driving Under the Influence by members of the Eugene Police Department. Reaves has been placed on administrative leave and the process to terminate his employment with cause has commenced. The University has high standards for the conduct of employees and is addressing this matter with the utmost of seriousness.”
After the incident, Duck fans had a lot to say.
“I think he should be holding himself to a higher standard if he's inspiring players to be the best they can be. I definitely don't think it's acceptable. He just had a new job, but that also could be why he did that. Not smart,” said Cahill Shpall, a University of Oregon student.
“Hopefully it's just like a random incident and doesn't really effect the rest of the team, but let's just hopefully just make sure that doesn't happen again,” said Michael Soto, another student.
Police officials said there was an adult passenger in the car with Reaves when he was pulled over. Police officials said the passenger was not a student or athlete.
“We can’t release passenger info prior to adjudication. It’s considered an open case until then, passenger was not charged with a crime,” said Melinda Mclaughlin, Public Information Officer with the Eugene Police Department.
The Ducks hired Reaves on January 17.
With his arrest, he risks losing his two-year contract worth $300,000 a year.
The tight-ends coach was previously an assistant coach at the University of South Florida. He coached for four seasons under the Ducks’ new head coach Willie Taggart.