University of Texas linebacker Demarco Boyd has been charged with misdemeanor assault stemming from an altercation following a July 4 car crash in West Austin, Assistant Police Chief Troy Gay confirmed to the American-Statesman.
Boyd turned himself in to Travis County officials and was released Thursday. Austin police said the official charge is assault with injury, a class A misdemeanor.
Boyd is accused of assaulting a 20-year-old out-of-town visitor at the scene of the crash near Enfield and Mopac (Loop 1), badly damaging a car he was in.
An arrest affidavit in the case is expected to be made public Friday. Austin police have been investigating the incident since July 4, interviewing numerous witnesses.
Boyd, a sophomore from Gilmer, has played in four career games at Texas. He redshirted in 2016 and then was used sparingly last season. He was a two-way player at Gilmer and a two-time all-state selection.
In a statement, Texas coach Tom Herman said, “We are aware of the situation with Demarco Boyd and have suspended him from all team activities at this time. We will continue to monitor the legal process and pending its completion, determine any further action.”
His brother, Kris, is a defensive back with the Longhorns. Kris Boyd tweeted about the car crash at 8:41 p.m. on July 4. In his tweet, Boyd acknowledged that UT freshman B.J. Foster, a freshman safety, was also in another car that may have been part of the initial wreck.
“Our angels had they hands over us today,” Kris Boyd tweeted, “@nofear_2 rear ended and smashed! We’re doing a lot better. Thank you to those who reached out. Could’ve been gone but we here.”
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