Tanner Reeves

Western Kentucky defensive end Tanner Reeves (center) celebrates with his team Nov. 27, 2015 after the Hilltoppers’ 49-28 win over Marshall at Houchens-Smith Stadium. Reeves was dismissed from WKU’s program Monday.

Tanner Reeves has been dismissed from the Western Kentucky football team following a weekend arrest.

The WKU defensive end was arrested at 2:15 a.m. Sunday on charges of careless driving, operating on a suspended driver’s license and operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol with aggravated circumstances.

Reeves, a redshirt senior on the team, was pulled over by a Warren County Sheriff’s Office deputy at 2:08 a.m. Sunday.

The officer observed Reeves drive a 2007 GMC Yukon across the fog line on Nashville Road while approaching Nashville Road and Campbell Lane, a police report said.

Upon contact, the deputy detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from Reeves’ person and vehicle. He was asked to exit the vehicle and conduct standardized field sobriety tests. During Reeves’ horizontal gaze nystagmus test, he displayed lack of smooth pursuit and maximum deviation. He used his arms to balance during the one-leg stand test. And Reeves failed to maintain the start position eight steps down during the walk and turn, according to the report.

Reeves consented to a preliminary breath test on scene, resulting in the presence of alcohol. Dispatch confirmed Reeves’ license to be suspended.

Reeves was taken into custody and transported to The Medical Center at Bowling Green, where he was read Kentucky-implied consent. He refused a test of his blood.

Reeves was taken to the Warren County Regional Jail and booked at 3:16 a.m. Sunday. He was released from jail at 7 a.m. Monday.

WKU team spokesman Kyle Neaves informed reporters following practice Monday morning that coach Mike Sanford had dismissed Reeves for violation of team rules.

Sanford is next scheduled to talk to media following Wednesday’s practice.

Reeves was also arrested Dec. 11 for operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol. A $1,000 bail was posted, and Reeves was instructed not to drive or possess alcohol and to make all scheduled court dates.

Reeves failed to appear at a Jan. 3 court date and was processed through the Warren County Jail on Jan. 21 on a failure to appear charge. A $200 bail was posted.

Reeves is scheduled to appear Sept. 12 at a hearing to address his motion of suppress, stemming from the December arrest.

Reeves was also cited Oct. 23 for second-degree disorderly conduct. He was sentenced Nov. 29 to 15 hours of community service.

A notice of noncompliance was served to Reeves on July 11. He’s scheduled for a show cause hearing Thursday in regard to that charge.

Reeves was in position to start along the WKU defensive line this season as a redshirt senior. The Lakeland, Fla., native played in 14 games last season and started five, contributing 17 tackles (six solo) to go along with two tackles for loss and a pair of quarterback hurries.

Reeves played 24 combined games in 2014 and 2015, totaling 37 tackles and 9.5 tackles for loss between his redshirt freshman and redshirt sophomore years.

Reeves tallied one sack in a 2015 win against Rice after totaling four sacks – second most among all WKU players – in 2014.

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