UT offensive lineman Kent Perkins goes through drills during practice at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium Sunday August 7, 2016. ( JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

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Kent Perkins pleaded no contest to DWI, spent two nights in jail

Posted June 5th, 2017

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Former University of Texas football captain Kent Perkins spent two days in Travis County jail after pleading no contest to driving while intoxicated from his arrest last fall, court records show.

His attorney said Perkins agreed to jail in lieu of probation so he could resolve the matter and pursue a professional career. Perkins, a senior offensive lineman last fall, served the sentence in April, days before the NFL Draft. Perkins was passed over in the three-day draft before signing a free agent contract with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Attorney Mark Sampson said Perkins completed community service and took alcohol education classes at three levels: the court system; the UT football program; and the university for a course credit last semester.

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Perkins, who was 21 at the time of his arrest, was booked in jail after authorities found him asleep in a Raising Cane’s drive-through at around 2:45 a.m. on Sept. 23, 2016.

A Travis County constable said he found Perkins asleep behind the wheel of a gray Dodge Charger, the affidavit said. When the constable woke Perkins to tell him he needed to move, he drove away. Ten seconds later the constable said he heard a loud crash at the south of the restaurant

The constable found the car wrecked in a parking lot on the east curb line of San Antonio Street. He grabbed the keys out of the ignition and called Austin police.

A preliminary breath test taken at the scene of the crash showed Perkins’ blood-alcohol content at 0.178, more than twice the legal limit of 0.08. An intoxilyzer administered twice at the jail at 4:34 a.m. showed it at 0.125 and 0.135, the affidavit said.

The Longhorns, who were off that week, suspended Perkins for their next game, the Big 12 opener at Oklahoma State.

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