The story of Colt Lyerla at the beginning of the season started out great. One more season with the Ducks and the Tight End would have likely found himself going in a high round in the upcoming NFL Draft. Fast forward to a few weeks ago and his leaving the Oregon Football team for ‘personal reasons’ as well as not showing up well on game tape(he wasn’t completing plays on the field and was being seen as ‘lazy’) and finally to last night. Lyerla’s college career is over and now his future is in doubt in the NFL.
Wednesday night in Eugene he was arrested for cocaine possession and interfering with a police officer, according to the Lane County Sheriff’s Office:
ON WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2013, MEMBERS OF LANE COUNTY INTERAGENCY
NARCOTICS TEAM (INET) ARRESTED COLT KELIKOA LYERLA (A 20 YEAR OLD MALE)
FOR UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF COCAINE AND INTERFERING WITH A POLICE
INET DETECTIVES WERE WORKING AN UNRELATED DRUG INVESTIGATION IN THE 7TH
AVENUE AND POLK AREA IN EUGENE WHEN THEY OBSERVED LYERLA IN A PARKED
VEHICLE SNORTING WHAT APPEARED TO BE A WHITE POWDERY SUBSTANCE. LYERLA
WAS CONTACTED BY POLICE AND ADMITTED TO USING AND POSSESSING COCAINE.
DETECTIVES AND LYERLA AGREED TO MEET AT LYERLA’S RESIDENCE TO CONTINUE
THE INVESTIGATION. ONCE AT THE RESIDENCE LYERLA RAN FROM THE VEHICLE
INTO A NEARBY APARTMENT. LYERLA WAS ARRESTED WHEN HE EMERGED FROM THE
RESIDENCE A SHORT TIME LATER. HE WAS TRANSPORTED AND LODGED IN THE LANE
THE LANE COUNTY INTERAGENCY NARCOTICS ENFORCEMENT TEAM (INET) IS
COMPRISED OF PERSONNEL FROM THE OREGON STATE POLICE, LANE COUNTY
SHERIFF’S OFFICE, LANE COUNTY PAROLE AND PROBATION, EUGENE POLICE
DEPARTMENT, SPRINGFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT, FEDERAL BUREAU OF
INVESTIGATION AND LANE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE.
Lyerla left the Oregon football program earlier this month and reportedly signed with an agent. He appeared in court on Thursday and said he would like to take part in drug court, which would allow Lyerls to enter a treatment program. If accepted, the program lasts about a year and the cocaine charge would be dropped when it is completed. He was represented in court by Attorney John Tyner III of Hillsboro, Oregon Running Back Thomas Tyner’s father.
The Junior this season had caught 3 passes for 26 yards. For his Oregon career he has caught 34 passes for 565 yards and 11 touchdowns.