Tulsa high school coach arrested on DUI complaint
BY Staff Reports
Monday, April 23, 2012
4/23/12 at 9:53 AM
East Central High School's recently promoted head football coach was arrested early Sunday on a complaint of driving under the influence.
About 3 a.m., police officers found Ben Bowling, 31, asleep in the drive-through lane at Whataburger, 5746 E. 41st St., according to his arrest report. The car, which was in park, was running.
Bowling had bloodshot eyes, staggered gait, slurred speech and smelled like alcohol, Tulsa police said in the report.
A breath test registered his blood-alcohol content at the scene as .203, 2 1/2 times the legal limit, the report states.
He was booked into the Tulsa Jail at 4:15 a.m. and released about 8:30 a.m. after posting $750 bail.
In November 2008, Bowling was charged with DUI while a Muskogee assistant coach and substitute teacher.
The Tulsa World's co-player of the year in 1998, Bowling was Jenks' starting quarterback on Class 6A state title teams in 1997 and '98. He went on to play for Oklahoma State and the Tulsa Talons.
After three seasons as East Central offensive coordinator, Bowling received his first head-coaching job Feb. 27. He succeeded Travis Hill, who resigned after 14 seasons amid an investigation by Tulsa Public Schools.
Hill won a Class 5A state title in 2005.
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