University of Miami quarterback Kevin Olsen is in trouble again – and this time he might not be given another chance.
Olsen, 19, was arrested just after midnight Monday after he approached South Miami police with bloodshot eyes and the smell of alcohol on his breath. He failed a field sobriety test and had in his wallet multiple IDs from different states, including at least one that he told police was fake.
He was charged with possessing a stolen/fictitious driver’s license – a felony – and driving under the influence. UM athletic director Blake James said Olsen, who bonded out of jail Monday afternoon, has been suspended indefinitely “pending further review of the situation.”
Olsen, a redshirt freshman who was third on the depth chart, was suspended for UM’s 2013 bowl game, then again for the first two games this season – the last suspension, at least, for failing a drug test. He also got into trouble before he arrived at UM when he was initially charged with leaving the scene of an accident, failure to report an accident, and careless driving after a May 2013 incident in his hometown of Wayne, New Jersey.
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“Disappointed from my standpoint,” coach Al Golden said Monday morning when asked about the arrest. “But really what’s of paramount concern right now is just his well being, helping him through this. I think the AD addressed everything else.”
Olsen was booked in the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center in Miami-Dade County at 4:11 a.m.
According to the arrest affidavit, South Miami Police went to investigate an incident at 6610 SW 57th Avenue when Olsen pulled up to the house in a black 2014 Dodge Challenger.
“[Olsen] stepped out of the driver’s side of the vehicle and approached me asking what the issue was,” the police report said. “While explaining to [Olsen] what was occurring, I noticed [Olsen] had blood shot watery eyes, and an odor of alcoholic beverage emitting from his breathe [sic] as he spoke in a slurred speech.”
Police then asked Olsen to stand up and perform multiple field sobriety tests. According to police, Olsen was unable to maintain his balance.
Of the multiple IDs in Olsen’s possession, two were from Maryland, one from North Carolina, one from Florida and one from New Jersey. He also had the ID of Ronald Regula, the Hurricanes’ fullback and long snapper.
Olsen told police his New Jersey and North Carolina IDs were good, “but the Maryland one is a fake.”
Olsen took a breathalyzer test and registered a .04 result – well below the .08 legal limit for those 21 and over but above the legal limit of .02 for those, such as Olsen, under 21. He declined to provide police with a urine sample when he was booked at around 4 a.m.
“I want to make sure that he’s getting the help that he needs and that he’s safe,” Golden said. “His well being is what we’re thinking about.”
Golden said the arrest won’t prevent his players from focusing.
“Our team is mentally tough.” he said. “We have a lot of kids doing it the right way every day. It won’t be a distraction.”
Olsen, listed by police as 6-3 and 205 pounds, was a four-star athlete ranked 10th nationally among pro-style quarterbacks by Rivals.com and seventh by 247Sports.com when he arrived at UM.
He is the younger brother of former UM star tight end Greg Olsen, now with the NFL’s Carolina Panthers.
When told of Olsen’s arrest, UM starting quarterback Brad Kaaya said, “He’s my good friend and I can’t really comment on that. As of right now, we’re just focused on playing against Nebraska Saturday night.”
Added linebacker Denzel Perryman: “I really have nothing to say about that. We’ve been dealing with distractions for a long time now. We’re not going to let distractions mess up our focus right now.”
Olsen suited up against Arkansas State on Saturday for the first time this season. He did not play, and last week was behind Kaaya and backup Jake Heaps on the depth chart, with fifth-year senior Ryan Williams – recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament – behind him.
True freshman quarterback Malik Rosier is still expected to redshirt, and Golden indicated Monday that Williams has been cleared by doctors to play and will do so when he has “the ability to evade without premeditation.”
Last Tuesday, Golden defended Olsen, saying he “had a really good summer, had a good preseason. It’s just paying for his sins of awhile back. The [former] suspension, because it happened now, doesn’t reflect all the growth that he had. I just want to make sure we’re clear on that. He’s had a lot of growth here in the last half year, certainly the last four months. He’s making a lot of progress and hopefully Kevin can continue to do that for us.”