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Oregon dismisses Austin Maloata after DUII, felony drug possession


Oregon Ducks defensive lineman Austin Maloata has been dismissed from the program.

The news comes after hours after it was learned that Maloata was arrested early Sunday morning on three charges. According to the Daily Emerald, Maloata was arrested for driving under the influence of intoxicants (DUII), reckless driving and possession of methamphetamine.

Maloata’s DUII and wreckless driving charges are misdemeanors, while methamphetamine possession is a felony.

Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich confirmed Maloata’s dismissal.

From the report:

Maloata, 19, was booked at 5:09 a.m. following Oregon’s 52-27 loss to Stanford Saturday. Maloata was driving at 1:48 a.m. when he ran a red light at the intersection of East Broadway and Hilyard Street and collided with another vehicle. Officers found methamphetamine in Maloata’s car and determined he was driving under the influence of intoxicants.

The junior played in eight games this season, including Saturday’s loss to Stanford.

Maloata has been released from jail and is due to appear in court on Nov. 29.

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