ASU's Blair charged after traffic stop
by Kellen Short
ASU defensive lineman Ronald Blair was arrested early Friday morning on a charge of driving after consuming alcohol underage.
Blair, 20, of Greensboro, Ga., was driving on Rivers Street near Stadium Drive just before 3 a.m. Friday when ASU Police Officer William Watson pulled him over for speeding, according to court records. The vehicle was traveling about 35 mph, records show.
Watson said he "got a strong odor of alcohol" as he approached Blair's vehicle. His blood alcohol content was later determined to be 0.04, according to court records.
Blair was charged with driving after consuming alcohol underage and driving without a license, records state. Blair told a magistrate his license had been revoked.
He was released with a written promise to appear in court Nov. 19.
Blair also has a court date Oct. 10 for a citation issued last year by Boone Police Department for underage consumption of alcohol, court documents state. That citation was issued in the early morning of June 30, 2012, on Ridgewood Drive near Queen Street.
"We are aware of and disappointed about the situation involving Ronald Blair," Head Coach Scott Satterfield said in an email from ASU athletic department spokesman Mike Flynn on Tuesday. "We are currently in the process of gathering facts and details. We want to be sure that we have all of the facts surrounding the situation before moving forward with any determination regarding Ronald's playing status."
Blair, a junior, has ranked among the Southern Conference leaders in tackles for loss and sacks during his past two seasons. Last fall, he was named first-team all-conference by the league's media and led all Southern Conference defensive linemen with 60 total tackles.
ASU wide receiver Sean Price, 20, a fellow starter, was suspended indefinitely from the football team in late August after his arrest on a charge of being drunk and disruptive.
Sports Editor Steve Behr contributed to this article.