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A&M’s Toombs Charged With DWI

January 30, 2000

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (ap) _ Texas A&M’s leading rusher, sophomore fullback Ja’Mar Toombs, was arrested early Saturday by College Station police and charged with driving while intoxicated.

The 6-foot, 265-pound Toombs was a star of the Aggies’ emotional 20-16 victory over Texas in November. He rushed 37 times for 126 yards and scored twice.

Toombs, who was a high school All-American in Kilgore, Texas, was released from jail on $1,500 bail, police said.

Toombs had three passengers in his car when he was pulled over for a traffic violation shortly after midnight Friday, College Station police Sgt. Donny Andreski said.

After failing field sobriety tests, Toombs was taken into custody, and a breathalyzer test indicated a blood alcohol level of .10, Andreski said. The legal alcohol limit in Texas is .08.

Athletic director Wally Groff and football coach R.C. Slocum, who attended A&M’s annual football banquet Saturday night, declined to speculate on how the arrest will affect Toombs’ status with the team.

``Frankly, I’m disappointed in the fact that he was picked up,″ Groff told the Bryan-College Station Eagle. ``We’ll check into it and see what we’ll do at the proper time.″

Slocum said: ``It always concerns you if there’s any involvement in something like that. I just found out about it. I will withhold any comment until I find out more about it.″

Toombs just completed his sophomore season and has two years of eligibility remaining. He was A&M’s leading rusher this season with 147 carries for 583 yards and nine touchdowns. He also caught nine passes for 128 yards and one touchdown.

Toombs was arrested in May on a charge of possession of marijuana. He was placed on deferred adjudication and was ordered to perform community service. Under deferred adjudication, with good behavior a conviction can be eventually removed from a person’s record.

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