Former Oregon Football Player Colt Lyerla Arrested

Matt MillerNFL Draft Lead WriterOctober 24, 2013

Former Oregon football player Colt Lyerla was arrested and taken into custody Wednesday night in Lane County, Ore.

Multiple sources, including Lane County Sheriff's department officials, confirm that the former Oregon Duck was arrested for "possession and interfering." Sergeant Steve French, the office's public information officer, has confirmed that the former Oregon football player was arrested on the evening of Oct. 23 in Eugene, Ore., and charged with unlawful possession of cocaine and interfering with a police officer

Here's an excerpt from the department's press release:

INET detectives were working an unrelated drug investigation in the 7th Avenue and Polk area in Eugene when they observed Lyerla in a parked vehicle snorting what appeared to be a white powdery substance. Lyerla was contacted by police and admitted to using and possessing cocaine. Detectives and Lyerla agreed to meet at Lyerla’s residence to continue the investigation. Once at the residence Lyerla ran from the vehicle into a nearby apartment. Lyerla was arrested when he emerged from the residence a short time later. He was transported and lodged in the Lane County Jail.

The Oregonian's Andrew Greif supplied Lyerla's mugshot via the Lane County Sheriff's Office:

Lyerla's problems on the field began when he missed the team's games against Tennessee (illness) and Colorado (suspended). Lyerla left the team the day after the Colorado game.  

Just last week, we reported that Lyerla had signed with XL Sports Agency and was declaring his intentions to enter the 2014 NFL draft. Those plans will be put on hold for the time being.