Baylor University running back Devin Chafin was arrested on drug charges in Tillman County, Oklahoma, after he was stopped for speeding while returning from a spring break trip to Colorado, Tillman County Sheriff Bobby Whittington said.
Chafin, 21, originally of Burkburnett, Texas, and his female passenger, Jennifer Kerr, 22, originally of Mildred, Oklahoma, were arrested shortly after 8 a.m. when an officer stopped him for allegedly driving 80 mph in a 65 mph zone, Whittington said.
Upon making contact with Chafin during the stop about 13 miles from Grandfield, Oklahoma, the officer found marijuana and an open bottle of alcohol in the vehicle.
“He said he purchased the marijuana up in Colorado when he and the other occupant of the vehicle, a Jennifer Kerr, were on spring break up there,” Whittington said.
“They had traditional marijuana and a couple of marijuana candies.”
An open bottle of Fireball whiskey was also found in the car, Whittington said. He added that Chafin and Kerr were traveling to Mildred to visit Kerr’s mother during their spring break trip.
Chafin and Kerr were taken to the Tillman County Jail. Chafin was charged with possession of marijuana, speeding and transporting an open container of liquor. His bond was set at $3,000. Kerr was charged with possession of marijuana and her bond was set at $1,000. Their first court appearance is scheduled for Tuesday, Whittington said.
Chafin, a fifth-year senior for the Bears, has played 30 career games as a reserve running back. In three previous seasons, he has amassed 1,256 career yards and 21 touchdowns, averaging 5.0 yards per carry.
Chafin graduated from Burkburnett High School near Wichita Falls, where he was a second-team all-state honoree his senior season in 2011.
Baylor head football coach Art Briles released a statement following news of Chafin’s arrest, saying that “Devin has been suspended until further information is gathered.”
Nick Joos, Baylor’s executive associate athletics director for external affairs, said the athletics department would have no further statement on Friday.