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Texas safety Gatewood arrested, suspended

September 14, 2007

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— Texas senior safety Tyrell Gatewood was suspended indefinitely Thursday after his arrest on drug charges, the fifth arrest of a Longhorns player since June.

Freshman defensive back Ben Wells, 18, who was riding with Gatewood when he was pulled over late Wednesday, was given a citation for possession of drug paraphernalia and released.

Gatewood, 22, was charged with two counts of possession of a dangerous drug. It was his second drug-related arrest in a year, although misdemeanor possession charges were dropped after his arrest last September. He was suspended for a game.

"We've talked to Tyrell and his family and decided to suspend him indefinitely, pending the completion of the legal process," Texas coach Mack Brown said. "He will not be involved in any team functions at this time."

Gatewood and Wells were pulled over by a Travis County sheriff's deputy for failing to signal a turn. Smelling marijuana, the deputy searched the vehicle and found pot, Xanax and a baby bottle full of codeine cough syrup, said Travis County sheriff's spokesman Roger Wade.

Bond was set for Gatewood at $2,500 for each count, but he was released on personal recognizance.

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