East Central's Bowling suspended with pay after DUI arrest
By Staff Reports
Monday, April 23, 2012
4/23/12 at 2:00 PM
East Central football coach Ben Bowling has been suspended with pay after being arrested early Sunday on a complaint of driving under the influence.
A Tulsa Public Schools spokesman said Monday morning a decision is pending on Bowling’s future as head coach of the Cardinals and will likely be announced Wednesday. He was promoted to the position in late February after three seasons as offensive coordinator.
Bowling, 31, was found asleep in the drive-through lane at Whataburger, 5746 E. 41st St., about 3 a.m. Sunday, according to his arrest report. His car was running but was in park.
Officers noted in the report Bowling had bloodshot eyes, staggered gait, slurred speech and smelled like alcohol. He registered a blood-alcohol content level at the scene of .203, 2 1/2 times the legal limit, the report states.
After being booked into the Tulsa Jail at 4:15 a.m., Bowling posted a $750 bail and was released about 8:30 a.m. He has not been charged. If he is, it will be his second DUI charge, after a November 2008 incident while a Muskogee assistant coach and substitute teacher.
As a quarterback at Jenks, Bowling led the Trojans to state titles in 1997 and ’98, when he was the Tulsa World’s co-player of the year. He appeared in six games as an Oklahoma State freshman before leaving the team and went on to play for the Tulsa Talons.
East Central football coach Ben Bowling was suspended with pay Monday after an arrest over the weekend.