Western Kentucky senior fullback Kadeem Jones, 21, was arrested July 13 on a charge of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs, a misdemeanor.
Jones, who is from Dundee, Fla., and Haines City High School, was arrested at 1:58 a.m. and released from the Warren County Regional Jail at 7:33 a.m. on a $588.85 bond, according to the jail's website.
“We are aware of the situation and are gathering information,” WKU director of communications Kyle Neaves said today in a news release.
According to an arrest citation by the Bowling Green Police Department, Jones was in a parked 2006 Dodge Charger near the 800 building of Campus Suites Apartments on Campbell Lane. Officer Michael Grywalsky was investigating a loud music complaint when he approached the vehicle.
“A very strong odor of burnt marijuana emanated from the vehicle,” the report said. Jones admitted smoking marijuana within the past 10 minutes along with another person in the vehicle, Andrew Jackson. Both Jones and Jackson told Grywalsky they had been smoking marijuana while Jones was driving and had discarded the marijuana before parking.
The Daily News has not confirmed if the other person, who was not arrested, is the person with the same name who plays linebacker for the Hilltoppers.
According to the citation, Jones was given a horizontal gaze nystagmus test, then refused a balance test due to having recent foot surgery. Jones missed WKU football spring practice in April with a foot injury.
Grywalsky reported searching the vehicle and found nothing illegal.
Jones has played in 33 games for WKU. As a junior, he rushed for 84 yards on 17 carries and scored three touchdowns. He caught 14 passes for 180 yards and three scores. As a sophomore, Jones scored seven rushing touchdowns and caught 11 passes for 107 yards and a TD.
His court date is scheduled for Aug. 5 – the same day the Hilltoppers open fall practice under first-year WKU coach Bobby Petrino.