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By Steven J. Gaither
The CIAA Championship Game is days away, but Virginia State has already suffered a big setback. Virginia State quarterback Tarian Ayers was suspended for the CIAA Championship Game after being arrested for DUI on Sunday morning.
The sophomore quarterback, who led VSU to an 8-2 regular season record, is scheduled to appear in Sussex County (VA) District Court on Nov. 18, three days after his team takes on Winston-Salem State in the CIAA Championship, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
A Waverly police officer who spotted Ayres speeding on westbound U.S. 460 stopped his vehicle about 2:05 a.m. after he crossed the highway’s double solid line near Main Street, said Waverly police officer C.M. Washington.
The officer administered a series of sobriety checks, including a breathalyzer test, and determined Ayres was intoxicated, Washington said. Police declined to provide his blood-alcohol level.
Washington said a couple of other people were in the car with Ayres but their identities were not immediately available. According to Washington, officer said Ayres was polite and cooperative and a “complete gentleman.”
In addition to driving under the influence of alcohol, Ayres was charged with underage possession of alcohol and speeding 52 in a 35 mph zone.
Ayers threw for 1,487 yards with 14 touchdowns to just three interceptions. With Ayers out, the quarterback duties will likely fall to Niko Johnson, who completed 2 of 3 passes for 13 yards in three games this season.
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