Hey, it happens to the best of us. Even to a starter on a Power Five team with College Football Playoff hopes dancing in their collective heads.
The basics are that Oklahoma State defensive end Cole Walterscheid was arrested very early Sunday morning and charged with public intoxication. Leading up to the arrest, a university police officer noticed that the redshirt sophomore was either sleeping or passed out on top of an object that turned out to be the car topper for a Jimmy John’s delivery driver.
OSU’s student newspaper has kindly provided the particulars of the quintessential drunken college arrest involving ganked property:
Walterscheid reportedly began to approach the officer’s vehicle while carrying the car topper, walking unsteadily.
When Walterscheid got to the car, the officer advised him to sit down, but Walterscheid then reportedly tried to open the passenger side front door of the officer’s vehicle. Walterscheid sat down the next time he was told to, according to the affidavit.
When asked what he was doing, Walterscheid reportedly told the officer he was walking home and that he got the car topper “at work.” The officer asked Walterscheid whether he worked at Jimmy John’s, and Walterscheid replied, “No, that’s not from Jimmy John’s,” according to the affidavit.
The officer smelled a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on Walterscheid’s breath, but when asked how much he had to drink, Walterscheid said, “A little,” according to the affidavit. Walterscheid had “bloodshot, watery” eyes and a black stamp on his right hand, according to the affidavit.
When Walterscheid was again asked where he got the car topper, he told the officer he took it from “Jimmy John’s on the strip,” according to the affidavit. It took two attempts for Walterscheid to stand up, after which he was transported by vehicle to Payne County Jail, according to the affidavit.
When informed by the authorities that their topper had been jacked, Jimmy John’s declined to pursue charges against Walterscheid. OSU, meanwhile, has declined to comment on the development and what it may mean moving forward.
Walterscheid has started all 11 games this season for the Cowboys. OSU’s next game will come Dec. 3 in Bedlam, the rivalry matchup with Oklahoma that will decide the Big 12 champion.