2-13-06- Police in Stillwater say Oklahoma State basketball coach Eddie Sutton was cited for driving under the influence after a traffic accident Friday afternoon.
Police Chief Norman McNickle says the Payne County district attorney will decide whether to file charges after results of a blood test are available. McNickle says the results of those tests aren't expected for six to eight weeks. The chief says officers must have "reasonable suspicion" a person is under the influence, but he declined to say what led to the suspicion. Sutton was not given a field sobriety test because he needed medical attention.
A spokeswoman for a state prosecutor says driving under the influence could involve anything from alcohol to prescription drugs. Sutton has been taking prescription drugs for back pain that caused him to miss the season opener and several practices. Sutton was also cited for speeding and driving left of center in the accident in which he collided with the rear of another vehicle.
The driver of the second vehicle suffered minor injuries. OSU released a statement Monday morning saying Sutton will take a medical leave of absence for the remainder of the season while his son Sean takes over the basketball program.