By: Bill Swartz, KOMONewsRadio & KOMO Staff
SEATTLE -- University of Washington senior linebacker Azeem Victor has been suspended from the football team indefinitely following a weekend arrest for suspicion of DUI, head coach Chris Petersen announced Wednesday.
Victor was driving north on I-5 just north of Downtown Seattle with four others in his car just after 2 a.m. when a Washington State Patrol trooper spotted him making multiple lane changes "in an aggressive and unsafe manor," according to the arrest report. The trooper wrote Victor cut off another vehicle, nearly causing a crash, then continued north at a speed clocked at 76 mph.
When the trooper pulled Victor over, he noted Victor had droopy and bloodshot eyes with slurred speech and had an "obvious" smell of intoxicates, the arrest report said, also noting he had poor coordination.
After initially denying he had been drinking, Victor admitted to the trooper he had taken two shots of whiskey earlier in the night, the report said.
Two breathalyzer tests measured Victor's blood alcohol content at 0.097 and 0.092 -- over the state's legal limit of 0.08.
King County Jail records show Victor was booked into the facility around 4 a.m. Sunday for suspicion of DUI. He was released later that morning, records show.
The University of Washington issued this written statement concerning the senior linebacker: “We take these matters very seriously, and have suspended Azeem from our team indefinitely as we continue to gather details about this incident... Neither Petersen, nor any other UW athletic officials will be available to offer further comment on the matter at this time."
Victor, one of the Huskies' top defensive players, was a pre-season All America candidate and returning from a severe leg injury which cost him the final month of his junior season.
His senior season has been far short of expectations. He was suspended the first game of the season for violating a team rule. Victor never reclaimed the starting linebacker job and lately was moved to a lesser role as an outside pass rusher.
Last week, Victor tweeted a photo of his college diploma, an enormous source of pride as the first member of his family to earn a degree. He also started a foundation in his home town of Compton, California as a way of paying it forward for underprivileged youth.
His goal is to provide 6th, 7th and 8th graders the supplies they need along with free tutoring services to boost their grades to attend college.
Victor is a terrific athlete with a bright football future. His latest troubles in Seattle may raise some red flags with pro teams when it comes to next spring's NFL draft.