Alabama running back Altee Tenpenny was arrested over spring break and charged with possession of a controlled substance in his home town of North Little Rock, Ark.
According to the incident report published by 103.7 The Buzz in Little Rock, an officer pulled over Tenpenny because of an “inoperational license plate light.” The officer noted that Tenpenny “appeared extremely nervous and his hands were shaking uncontrollably” while also smelling “the odor of burnt marijuana.”
Tenpenny admitted to the officer that he had “smoked a blunt” earlier that evening, but initially said there was no marijuana in the car. However, the officer found a “clear plastic bag” with 2.1 grams of marijuana which Tenpenny later admitted he knew was in the car and said it belonged to him.
Tenpenny was subsequently placed under arrest, brought to the police station and released with a citation. He is due in court on April 10.
Alabama head coach Nick Saban released a statement through media relations, saying that he is aware of the situation.
“I’m aware of the situation with Altee and this is obviously not the kind of behavior we expect from our players,” Saban said. “In addition to any punishment he may receive from a legal standpoint, we will have some internal discipline as well as education that he will be responsible for working through.”
Tenpenny, a four-star recruit and he No. 53 ranked prospect in the class of 2013, played in all 13 games as a freshman, primarily on special teams. He carried the ball 22 times for 82 yards and scored one touchdown while also registering five tackles on special teams.
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