New details shed light on GU basketball player Josh Perkins' arrest

Sophomore Gonzaga Basketball Player Josh Perkins was arrested just a day after Kraziness in the Kennel, the team's annual scrimmage. KREM 2's Lindsay Nadrich has the story.(10/19/16)

SPOKANE, Wash.—Spokane police officers arrested Gonzaga redshirt sophomore point guard Josh Perkins on October 9 near North Ruby Street and East Sharp Avenue.

Court documents acquired by KREM 2 reveal more about the arrest. 

According to court documents, police were dispatched to the area by Gonzaga University security on a report of a running vehicle with the driver slumped over the wheel.

Gonzaga security was able to identify the driver as Josh Perkins.

Court documents state police observed Perkins sleeping in the car with it running. He was the only person inside the vehicle.

The officer's report reads "I could see the driver's head slumped to the side and his cell phone sitting on his lap."

Police said Perkins finally roused after they flashed their lights and tapped on the window. According to documents, Perkins spent approximately 20 seconds contemplating what to do.

Police said Perkins then attempted to put the vehicle in gear as if to drive away. Officers then opened the car door and instructed him to put it park and shut the vehicle off. Perkins complied.

Documents state officers immediately smelled alcohol and saw Perkins' eyes to be both glassy and bloodshot.

Perkins said he had consumed alcohol, but did not specify how much. He told police he had stopped drinking a while ago and was coming back from dropping some friends off. Perkins did not specify where he dropped his friends off.

Court documents state Perkins repeatedly asked police if they would let him go and let him go up to his room to sleep.

Police asked Perkins if he would willingly perform a voluntary field sobriety test to determine his level of impairment, to which he stated “Yeah, please.”

A Washington State Patrol officer then arrived on scene and SPD advised him of Perkins' desire to perform voluntary field sobriety tests.

Perkins was immediately arrested for being in physical control of a vehicle while under the influence.

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No word yet if he will be suspended from the basketball team because of the charges. When news of Perkins' arrest broke, Gonzaga Athletics issued a statement.

“We take this situation very seriously and we will give Josh the support he needs to help him learn from this,” Mark Few, the GU head coach, said in a statement. “He understands the serious nature of the charge and has made a commitment to the process within the University.”

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