Football

Arrest sidelines Clemson kicker

Clemson senior kicker Ammon Lakip has been suspended from the team following a June 6 arrest by Clemson University police on DUI refusal and possession of cocaine charges, both first offenses.

“We are aware of Ammon’s arrest, and he was suspended from all team activities and sent home immediately,” Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said in statement. “He has been suspended indefinitely. His status for the 2015 season will be evaluated later in the summer.”

According to an obtained copy of the official police report, the arresting officer noticed Lakip leaving the local bar area around 1:30 a.m. and pulled Lakip over on a traffic stop in a Clemson apartment complex.

The officer observed behavior that led him to believe Lakip, 21, was under the influence. Lakip was unable to pass a field sobriety test and then placed under arrest. An amount of 0.4 grams of cocaine was found in the vehicle.

Lakip was taken to the Clemson police department, where he refused Blood Alcohol Concentration, breath and urine testing. He was later taken to the Clemson city jail for booking and holding.

Lakip was released on a $997 personal recognizance bond, according to the Pickens County 13th Judicial Circuit’s public reports. The case was filed on June 11.

The police report states that Lakip has a court date set for July 22.

Lakip, a Johns Creek, Ga., native, made 21 of his 28 field-goal attempts and 43 extra points to lead the team in scoring (106 points) in 2014. He was a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award, which goes to the nation’s top kicker. He was a reserve in 2012 and 2013.

He’s the second Clemson football player to be arrested this offseason. Defensive end Ebenezer Ogundeko was charged by Clemson police with financial transaction fraud in May and dismissed from the team. He now is enrolled at Tennessee State.

The next kicker for Clemson, according to the most recent depth chart, is Alex Spence, a redshirt freshman from West Florence High.

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