Ex-Oregon player Lyerla pleads not guilty to DUI

Colt Lyerla, 21, is accused of driving under the influence of drugs

Colt Lylerla, Sept. 6, 2014 (Washington County Sheriff's Office)
Colt Lylerla, Sept. 6, 2014 (Washington County Sheriff's Office)

HILLSBORO, Ore. (AP) – Former University of Oregon tight end Colt Lyerla has pleaded not guilty to driving under the influence of drugs.

The Oregonian newspaper reports the 21-year-old made no statements at Wednesday’s arraignment in Washington County. He is scheduled to return to court next month.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office says Lyerla was pulled over Sept. 6 after a deputy saw him speed out of a parking lot and then swerve in and out of a traffic lane.

The deputy noted in a probable cause affidavit that Lyerla’s eyes were red, his face appeared flushed and dazed, and his speech was slurred.

Lyerla left the Ducks in October 2013, shortly after he was suspended for violating team rules. He was arrested later that month in Eugene on a cocaine possession charge.

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