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By Samantha Vincent
Former Oklahoma State Unviersity wide receiver Justin Blackmon appeared in court and pleaded not guilty to an aggravated DUI charge Monday afternoon. Blackmon, 22, was arrested by Stillwater police officers at 3:14 a.m. Sunday on suspicion of aggravated driving under the influence. He was released from custody around 12:45 p.m. that day and was charged with misdemeanor aggravated DUI Monday morning.
Officer Charles Murphy, while monitoring traffic on 6th Avenue, pulled over a white Chevrolet Tahoe for driving 60 mph in a 35 mph zone and driving left of center, according to an affidavit. The driver, Blackmon, made an improper turn by turning into the outside lane of traffic, Murphy said.
Blackmon stopped in a gas station parking lot near McElroy Road and Perkins Road after failing to yield to the officer for about four blocks, according to a police report. Blackmon, according to Stillwater officer Jeff Dillon, was unsteady on his feet, had slurred speech and had glassy, bloodshot eyes. He reportedly admitted consuming alcohol prior to driving. No other occupants were in the vehicle. While being questioned by officers, Blackmon reportedly was argumentative and stated, "I just flew in, I don't know why you're harassing me", according to the affidavit. He was then arrested and taken to the Stillwater City Jail, where he agreed to take a breath test. The results were .24 and .26, the affidavit says. According to the website factsontap.org, a .24 blood alcohol concentration indicates that a 220 pound male would have to consume 12 drinks in a one-hour period. Blackmon's record shows that he weighs 215 pounds. Blackmon was then transported to the Payne County Jail and booked on a $1,000 bond, said Payne County Sgt. Brandon Ingham.
"Since he was brought in so late, he was processed and released fairly soon after his arrest," Ingham said. Blackmon, now a receiver for the Jacksonville Jaguars, will next appear in court at 10:30 a.m. July 24, which is three days before the start of the Jaguars' training camp. He hired defense attorney Cheryl Ramsey, who also represents OSU basketball player Darrell Williams in his pending felony trial. Blackmon, a two-time Biletnikoff award winner, was previously arrested in October 2010 on a DUI complaint. He was pulled over in Carrollton, Texas after driving 92 mph in a 60 mph zone. Head coach Mike Gundy suspended him for an away game against Kansas State after that arrest. After a plea deal in Carrollton Municipal Court, Blackmon paid a fine for a reduced charge of minor in possession.
He was also arrested for failing to appear in Logan County (Okla.) court after receiving a ticket for driving 21-25 mph over the speed limit. The warrant was issued in November 2009 but was not served until May 2010. Blackmon pleaded no contest to the speeding offense and used his $250 jail bond toward paying fines, court records show. Dan Edwards, vice president of communications for the Jaguars, said Sunday the Jaguars were aware of the report. "All I can say at this point is that we are gathering information," Edwards said. "We don't have any further comment at this time."
Edwards said he did not know when a statement would be made about Blackmon's status. He declined to comment on whether the Jaguars have made contact with Blackmon since his release. As of Tuesday morning, an announcement from the Jaguars about Blackmon's DUI charge has not been released.