Lakip charged with cocaine possession, DUI
Clemson kicker Ammon LakipAmmon Lakip
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Both charges are listed as a first offense according to the public arrest record.
The incident occurred on June 6 with Lakip's bond set at $2500 and he was released on a personal recognizance bond.
TigerNet obtained a copy of the incident report on Wednesday morning:
"On June 6th at approximately 0139 hours, I Officer Venning observed a Black Audio fail to use its turning signal as it turned right onto Highway 93 from College Avenue. It should be noted that the vehicle was leaving an area of several bars at a time when bars are usually closing. As I watched the vehicle pass by I noticed that the driver had a fixed blank glassy glaze about his face and had the appearance of someone who may be under the influence. I began to follow the vehicle and observed as it drifted left several times as well as impede upon the boarded dotted line to its left. I initiated a traffic stop on this vehicle as we pulled from Highway 93 into the parking lot of the Tiger Walk Apartments and made contact with the driver (Ammon Michael Lakip/Student)."
Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney has been on vacation with his family in Florida, so no word on Lakip’s future with the program has been officially handed down. However, defensive end Ebenezer Ogundeko was arrested for credit card fraud in May and was immediately dismissed from the program. Ogunkdeko has since transferred to Tennessee St.
According to South Carolina’s DUI website: South Carolina law requires you to take a blood, breath, or urine test if you are arrested for a DUI. South Carolina’s “implied consent” law says that if you are lawfully arrested by an officer who has probable cause to believe that you have been driving under the influence, then you consent to taking a chemical test of your blood or breath for the purpose of determining your blood alcohol content (BAC), and of your urine to check for drugs. The officer gets to choose which test you take and you cannot refuse these tests without penalty.
Once you are arrested, no test can be given until the officer has turned on a video camera to record the test, tells you your rights and the penalties for refusal, and gives you written notice of these rights and penalties. The officer should say that you do not have to take a test. If you refuse, however, your license will be suspended for at least six months. Evidence of your refusal will be used against you in court. Should you choose to take a test, then you have the right to additional tests taken by a medical professional of your choice, but if the tests show your BAC is .15% or higher, then your license will be suspended for at least one month. Also, you have the right to a hearing to challenge the suspension of your license. You must request this hearing within 30 days. If you do not request a hearing, or if you do but your suspension is upheld, then you must participate in an alcohol and drug safety program.
Possession of cocaine first offense is a misdemeanor in South Carolina.
Possessing cocaine is a misdemeanor, and (for a first offense) incurs a fine of up to $5,000, up to three years in prison, or both. A second offense is a felony, and incurs a fine of up to $7,500, up to five years in prison, or both. Third and subsequent offenses incur a fine of up to $12,500, up to ten years in prison, or both.
Official Clemson Bio- Served as a backup placekicker behind Chandler Catanzaro in 2012 and 2013 before becoming the starter in 2014 ... is 22-30 (73.3 percent) on field goals and 51-52 on extra points for 117 points in 20 games (13 starts) in his career.
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