Today's Question: MU quarterback arrested, suspended from team

Wednesday, May 6, 2009 | 12:24 p.m. CDT; updated 5:08 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Eighteen-year-old Blaine Dalton, a freshman quarterback for Missouri, was arrested by the Columbia Police Department on Thursday night. On Saturday, the Columbia Tribune reported that Dalton was arrested after they found him in possession of prescription pills during a traffic stop near MU . Ten pills of hydrocodone and one unopened bottle of beer were found in Dalton’s glove compartment. Columbia police Lt. Scott Young said officers smelled marijuana inside the vehicle and a police canine detected the possible presence of drugs, which prompted the search.

He was arrested on suspicion of felony possession of a controlled substance, minor in possession of alcohol, possession of false identification and three traffic charges, including a lane violation and failure to provide insurance. Dalton, who enrolled at Missouri a semester early so he could participate in spring practices and become acclimated to the college lifestyle, was suspended from the team indefinitely following the arrest.

Over the weekend Dalton told the Independence Examiner that the pills found in his car belonged to Zach Wilson, a high school teammate of Dalton's, who had recently visited him. Wilson’s name was listed on the prescription bottle.

Wilson verified Dalton’s claim and said he had the pills because he had shoulder surgery in September but recently got a stronger dose because the pills weren’t strong enough. He said he put the pills in Dalton’s glove compartment because he was wearing shorts with no pockets and had forgotten about them until Dalton notified him of his arrest.

Dalton also said he didn’t know how long the beer had been in his car but said it was warm when police found it and that he was not intoxicated when he was pulled over.

This is the second consecutive spring that the team has had discipline issues. Last March, reserve linebacker Marquis Booker was dismissed from the team after being arrested on suspicion of unlawful use of a weapon after police found a loaded 9 mm Ruger handgun in his car. Wide receiver Jeremy Maclin and linebackers Sean Weatherspoon and George White were in the car with Booker at the time of his arrest.

And last April offensive lineman Austin Wuebbels was arrested after police found marijuana and drug paraphernalia in his car during a traffic stop.

Are you pleased with how the MU football staff is handling Dalton's situation? Is there a larger discipline problem on the team that the staff is failing to address?

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