Details on Lakip's arrest
CLEMSON – TigerNet obtained a copy of Clemson placekicker Ammon LakipAmmon Lakip
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Lakip was arrested on June 6th for DUI Refusal and Possession of Cocaine (First offense) by the Clemson University Police Department.
According to the police report:
"On June 6th at approximately 0139 hours, I Officer Venning observed a Black Audi 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).
As I spoke with the driver I requested that he produce his driver's license, registration, and proof of insurance. At which time the driver asked several times, with a blank gaze and labored speech, why he had been pulled over though I had already explained to him the reason for the stop. The driver had trouble paying attention and had to be asked several times for the vehicle information as if he were unable to stay focused on simple direction. The driver was asked to step out of the vehicle and asked if he had any injuries. It should be noted that the driver had the distinct odor of an alcoholic beverage about his breath and person. The driver listed several injuries including back, shoulder, and ankle injuries. Note that the driver did not seem to have trouble standing or walking normally on his feet while out of the vehicle. The driver also stated that he did not wear contacts and that he was on medications for the above stated injuries. The driver then agreed to take the standardized field sobriety testing and the tests were administered.
The first test I administered was the horizontal gaze nystagmus test. I found his eyes to track equally and his pupils to be of the same size. During this test I observed the following:
-lack of smooth pursuit in both his left and right eyes the distinct and sustained nystagmus at p.1.aximum deviation in both his left and right eyes --the onset of nystagmus prior to 45 degrees in both his right eye.
Note: the driver had to stop during the test and explain that he had jumped off of a porch and landed on his back injuring his neck that day. The driver was told that only the movement of his eyes was required and he was unable to follow the direction of keeping his head still during the test.
At the tests conclusion I observed a total of 5 out of 6 clues.
The next test I administered was the walk and turn. After placing the driver into the ready position I demonstrated the test and asked that he begin. During this test I observed the following:
-could not keep balance during instructions
stopped while walking
stepped off line
-improper number of steps
used arms to balance
-did not walk heel to toe
-note: before this test was begun the driver stated that his ankles were injured though he had gone on a run that day. The driver stated that the run was so intense that he vomited from exhaustion and stated that the only reason he was able to run was that the football coach were present.
Before the test was stopped I observed a total of 7 clues.
One leg stand
I demonstrated the test and asked that the driver begin. During the test I observed the following: -note: after explaining the test several times the driver failed to follow direction and could not complete the test properly. The driver even partially swayed and raised his foot well over six inched from the ground though he stated that his ankles had been hurting in the previous test. I found it extremely unlikely that the driver would be able to do the one leg stand test without complaining of his many injuries and not be able to do the walk and turn test.
Upon completion of the tests and based upon the totality of the above stated circumstances the driver was placed under arrest for driving under the influence The driver was then read his Miranda rights and stated that he understood his rights.
It should be noted that during the search incident to arrest of the driver's vehicle a small blue lip balm container containing a white powdery substance, consistent with cocaine, was found in the driver's side door by Sgt. Eliopoulos. The substance was field tested with presumptive positive results for cocaine. Note that upon weighing the cocaine it had a field weight of 0.4 grams and a street value of $50.00. The driver was also charged with possession of cocaine. The driver's vehicle was then towed by Randy's Towing.
The driver was then transported to Clemson University police department for blood alcohol concentration (bac) testing where he was read his implied consent rights and refused to provide a breath and a urine sample.
The driver was transported to Clemson city jail for booking and lodging by Officer Venning.
As noted in the earlier update, Clemson head coach Swinney has been on vacation, so no official word on Lakip’s future with the program has been handed down. We will keep following this developing story.
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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