According to a press release from the Lower Colorado River Authority, an LCRA officer first made contact with Cedric Benson’s 30-foot ship at 9:09 p.m. Saturday to do a random safety inspection.
At 9:27 p.m., an LCRA officer conducted a field sobriety “float test”. When Benson did not pass the test, he “presented himself as a threat to the officer” and argued about whether or not he would be taken to land for a follow-up test. He also refused to wear a life jacket, the report stated and at that time the officer decided to place Benson under arrest. When he continued to “present himself as a threat to the officer” he was subdued with pepper spray.
At 9:31 p.m., an officer requested medical assistance to help decontaminate Benson following the spraying.
At 9:46 p.m., Benson was transferred to the custody of the Travis County Sheriff’s Office for transport to jail. Benson continued to refuse to cooperate and was carried and dragged into the deputy car for transport, the report states. He refused to take a breathalyzer test once at the jail.
Lovie Smith is expected to speak with the media shortly. Check back for more details.
Smith addressed the Benson situation. He didn't break out his line about not kicking someone out of the family for one mistake. Basically, he said he was disappointed and wanted to gather more information on Benson's arrest.
"Very disappointed," Smith said. "But the truth of the matter right now, that’s about all I know. I haven’t had a chance to speak with Cedric yet, but any time we’re talking about one of our players getting arrested, you’re disappointed. What we’re going to do from here, I’ll go back and try to get as much information as I possibly can and go from there."