Ex-Duck Colt Lyerla arrested for heroin

Colt Lyerla now faces a felony charge

Colt Lyerla, August 29, 2016 (Washington County Sheriff's Office)
Colt Lyerla, August 29, 2016 (Washington County Sheriff's Office)

TIGARD, Ore. (KOIN) — Colt Lyerla, the one-time Hillsboro High and Oregon Ducks star whose NFL career was derailed by drugs, was arrested for heroin possession on Sunday.

Lyerla was alone in a vehicle on Pacific Highway near 217 when a Tigard patrol officer spotted the car in the back of a Chevron station, Tigard PD’s Jim Wolf told KOIN 6 News.

The officer saw enough to arrest Lyerla, who was taken to the Washington County Jail.

He now faces a felony charge for possessing a controlled substance.

In 2011, Lyerla burst onto the national scene with an outstanding freshman year with the Oregon Ducks. But his troubles started in 2013 when he missed one game and then quit the team.

Not long after, he was arrested and eventually admitted to possessing cocaine.

In April 2015, U-O investigated claims Lyerla made that he was promised a house and car to play for the team. Their investigation found no violations of NCAA policy.

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