New Story Debunks Watery Details of Red Raider’s Arrest
Sunday (November 8th), it was reported that Texas Tech linebacker Brandon Bouyer-Randle, 23, was booked into the Lubbock County Detention Center at about 8:30 a.m. on a state felony charge of evading in a watercraft.
The booking info on the Lubbock County Sheriff's office had that as the official cause.
Texas Tech Athletics responded to the story, saying: "We are aware of an incident that occurred earlier this morning involving a member of our football program. At this time, we are continuing to gather facts regarding the matter and will handle any discipline consistent with the Texas Tech student-athlete code of conduct."
Texas Tech Football Head Coach Matt Wells echoed those sentiments today during his weekly press conference, saying of Bouyer-Randle's status with the team: "Kind of to be determined right now. We're still gathering information in terms of all those facts and I'll work with Kirby (Hocutt) and we'll see right where it's at, exactly what the situation is. But still gathering facts right now."
According to lubbockonline.com, the arrest was mistakenly categorized as evading in a watercraft. The police report reveals a much different situation.
According to a police report obtained by the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, an officer responded to the IHOP in the 3900 block of South Loop 289 after receiving reports about two people in a black Cadillac, circling the restaurant. When the officers arrived, they spotted the car, which immediately pulled into a parking space.
According to the report, the officer drew his service weapon because his initial call indicated the involvement of a firearm. The officer took cover behind another vehicle as he ordered the driver of the Cadillac, Bouyer-Randle, to roll down his window. Bouyer-Randle ignored the commands and began to back out of the space. The arresting officer returned to his car and blocked him in.
Bouyer-Randle was removed from the vehicle and handcuffed.
"Due to the totality of the circumstances, it was apparent that (Bouyer-Randle) intentionally used his motor vehicle to flee from a person (he) knew was a peace officer attempting to lawfully detain him," the officer wrote in his report. "(Bouyer-Randle) was arrested for evading in a motor vehicle."
Bouyer-Randle was released from custody without needing to post bond pending the filing of future charges.