Former Razorback Football Player Booked On DWI Arrest

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SPRINGDALE (KFSM) – A former Razorback linebacker was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated on Sunday (Aug. 17) at 2:54 a.m., according to a preliminary report.

Robert W. Dacus, 28, of Springdale was stoppedĀ on North College Avenue in a black Cadillac Escalade after driving northbound while speeding, the report states.

The police officer who performed the arrest used radar to confirm that Dacus was driving 58 mph in a 45 mph zone. When pulled over, Dacus said he was going back home to Springdale from Dickson Street and admitted to having “a few,” according to the report.

Dacus performed the standard field sobriety test “in a manner consistent with an intoxicated person,” the report states.

The officer noted in the report that Dacus’ eyes were bloodshot and watery, according to the report.

At the jail, he was given a breath test, and he registered a 0.18 breath alcohol content, the report states.

Dacus was then booked into the Washington County Detention Center. He faces charges of driving while intoxicated and speeding, according to the report.

He was released from the jail at 9:57 a.m. on the same day he was arrested, and his court date is scheduled for Sept. 8, according to the jail’s intake report.

Dacus played for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2008, according to CBS Sports.


  • unbelievable

    Can someone explain why this is headline news? It’s not like he is a current player. He is an ordinary everyday citizen like everyone else. It’s not his 3rd or 4th offense in a year or anything like that. Yes, what he did is very very very wrong but it’s not headline news.

  • Gotcha

    Why is this news? Only because he was a former football player? The young man goofed and now the media wants to drag him across the coals? Great “gotcha” journalism again by KFSM.

  • Richard S. Drake

    Not sure that reporting on a DWI arrest is “dragging someone across the coals.” It IS a serious offense, and puts the lives of others at risk, after all. The fact that he was a football player is hardly important.

  • Wondering

    I wonder why anyone would use their real name when posting on the internet. Yes Richard, DWI is a serious offense that can tear lives apart. As you say the fact that he was a football player is hardly important, then why is THIS DWI newsworthy?

  • Really?

    Why did the writer of this article use a slang term for a police officer in this piece? I knew better as a high school journalism student.

  • Ted

    There were 11 DWIs booked into Washington County on Sunday. Two of these were reported on by KFSM (the other being an assistant football coach). Driving while intoxicated is a serious offense, this station’s focus on the celebrity of the offender and not the seriousness of the offense is disgusting. Why report on a former football player and not the 19 year old charged with DWI, leaving the scene of an accident, and a revoked license?

    KFSM is the embodiment of Don Henley’s “Dirty Laundry”. It’s all car crashes, petty crime, and cute YouTube videos.

    • unbelievable

      They should report on all of them no matter who they are or what they do for a living. Maybe a little public embarassment for some of the other folks would help straighten them out.

      • Curt Lanning

        It’s amazing you mention Don Henley and his song “Dirty Laundry.”

        He’s my favorite singer of all time. I love The Eagles.

  • Wish News was Honest

    The Springdale Coach is “Suspicion of DWI” this guy is “DWI charge”…..Neither one are worthy of a news report but it’s amazing how they are treated differently. Almost as if they are trying to give the coach a pass. In one they state the BAC of 0.18, on the other they don’t state it at all. I thought at first it might by writing styles, but this is accreddited to the same reporter on both cases.

    • Curt Lanning

      Both essentially mean the same thing. Charges haven’t been filed yet, which is why they face charges or were arrested “on suspicion of.” Until charges are filed, that’s the wording we have to use.

      As for why we included the BAC in one but not the other, we were simply given the number in one report but not the other. Nobody is being treated better, and we’re not giving anyone a pass. If we were giving a pass to the coach, we wouldn’t have written the story in the first place.

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