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    Arizona LB arrested

    Sterling Lewis (35) sets himself up for a tackle in a 17-10 loss to then-No. 6 USC at Arizona Stadium on Oct. 25. Lewis was cited for multiple DUI charges Thursday morning and will not play in the Las Vegas Bowl on Dec. 20.
    Sterling Lewis (35) sets himself up for a tackle in a 17-10 loss to then-No. 6 USC at Arizona Stadium on Oct. 25. Lewis was cited for multiple DUI charges Thursday morning and will not play in the Las Vegas Bowl on Dec. 20.

    Early Thursday morning an Arizona football player was arrested on suspicion of extreme DUI and other charges, according to the Tucson Police Department.

    Junior linebacker Sterling Lewis was pulled over by TPD at approximately 2:35 a.m. while he was driving the wrong way on East Broadway, police officials said.

    According to multiple reports, Lewis’ blood alcohol content was .15, almost twice the legal limit of .08.

    In all, Lewis – who was unavailable for comment – was cited for charges of DUI, DUI above .08, extreme DUI and driving the wrong way on a divided highway. As a result, Lewis will not travel with the team to the Las Vegas Bowl on Dec. 20 against No. 17 BYU, but he will be allowed to practice with the team, UA head coach Mike Stoops said.

    “”Obviously it was a poor decision and there will be some serious ramifications. We never want to see that and he’ll pay the consequences for those decisions,”” Stoops said. “”He’ll be suspended for the game. That’s really disappointing for him and his family. He’s worked so hard and helped us get into this position. To not be part of it, that hurts us all.””

    Lewis spoke with Stoops sometime on Thursday, but when asked what the two said to one another, the head coach replied, “”That’s personal. I think he’s really hurt and hopefully he’ll learn from these situations and it won’t ever happen again.””

    This season, Lewis was third on the team in total tackles (59), despite playing in just 10 of Arizona’s 12 games and receiving only five starts. While his coaches and teammates are disappointed in his decision, they said they would remain behind Lewis and support him through this tough time.

    “”I feel really bad for Sterling. I love him like my own brother,”” said senior safety Nate Ness. “”He feels real bad, too, because he feels like he let his team down.

    “”But that’s what happens, things happen,”” Ness added. “”But Sterling is a really good person. He’s a really good guy.””

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