Oregon State Football Player Arrested for DUI on a Boat
By: Mary Ann Pekara
Collegiate athletes are increasingly in the spotlight, as high-profile programs vie for national attention and national championships. At Oregon State, several recent incidents have gotten players and the program into hot water, as several players found themselves on the wrong side of the law.
According to an article in the Gazette Times out of Corvallis, Oregon, the latest such incident was the arrest of OSU quarterback Peter Lalich, who was brought in for driving under the influence while he was driving a boat. The boating DUI took place in Shasta, California. Lalich has since been released, but the fallout for his football career at Oregon State is up in the air at the moment.
Lalich has had problems with alcohol-related incidents in the past. At Virginia, where he played football before transferring to Oregon State, two alcohol-related incidents led to coaches and administrators forcing him off of that team.
Oregon State football coach Mike Riley said in a statement that “we are aware of the situation and once we learn all the facts we will then act accordingly. “ He was otherwise unavailable for comment, as he was out of town. Athletic director Bob De Carolis also declined to comment on the incident.
The administration and coaches for the Oregon State Beavers “want to let the legal system run its due course before making any decisions,” according to the article.
Peter Lalich is a junior at OSU. He transferred to Oregon State in the middle of the 2008 season, looking for a fresh start to his collegiate career following his dismissial from the Virginia team. At Virginia he had been cited for minor in possession of alcohol, and was placed on probation. He would later violate the terms of that probation, when he admitted in court that he had consumed alcohol again.
The Oregon State code of conduct calls for a suspension of ten percent of the season and required alcohol awareness classes for student athletes who get their first DUI. In the football season, ten percent of the season represents a one-game suspension.
If the administration takes into account Lalich’s previous problems at Virginia, however, there could be additional punishment involved, though it’s not known what that might entail.
Lalich was slated to be the back-up quarterback on the Oregon State Beavers team. He spent the offseason with the second string team, competing to earn the spot behind staring quarterback Ryan Katz.
Lalich isn't the only Beaver to find himself in front of a judge. According to the Gazette Times, seven OSU players have appeared in court or cited for various violations since the start of the 2009-10 school year.
Former quarterback Lyle Moevao, linebacker Keaton Kristick and defensive tackle Brennan Olander are scheduled to appear in court soon for sentencing after they were found guilty on felony charges of stealing an OSU golf cart on March 18.
Olander is slated to be a starting defensive tackle for the team. This incident, however, was his second. In May 2009 he pleaded guilty to second-degree theft, and he was ordered to complete a diversion program.
Former cornerback Kaua Olds was arrested for resisting arrest, interfering with a police officer and minor in possession of alcohol in early May. Defensive end John Braun was cited for hosting a party for minors in April, and his roommate, lineman Tyler Thomas, was cited for using a fake ID to get into a bar.