Terrence Mitchell, who left the University of South Florida football team this summer, was arrested early Tuesday on charges of driving under the influence and assault of a firefighter, according to jail records.
At 2:26 a.m., officers were dispatched to Bougainvillea Avenue and North 30th Street and found Mitchell unresponsive behind the wheel of a stopped but idling vehicle facing west in the eastbound lane of Bougainvillea Avenue, according to an arrest affidavit.
DUI units were called to the scene and Mitchell’s blood-alcohol level tested at 0.171 and 0.165. A driver is considered impaired in Florida with a blood-alcohol level of 0.08.
As he was being checked out by Tampa paramedics, he became agitated and tried to bite an emergency medical worker, the affidavit said.
Mitchell, of 10406 N. Connechusett Road, was also charged with driving with a canceled, suspended or revoked license and received a nonmoving citation for improper parking, authorities said.
He remained in the county jail Tuesday night. Bail was set at $1,250.
Mitchell, 22, was suspended indefinitely by Bulls coach Willie Taggart prior to spring practice after Mitchell’s March 2 arrest on a misdemeanor charge of marijuana possession.
In May, he entered a pretrial misdemeanor intervention program, where first-time offenders can have charges dropped after completing a probationary period of drug counseling and random drug testing. The program typically lasts six months.
However, Mitchell announced plans in June to transfer from USF to Division II Fort Hays State in Kansas.
A former freshman All-American, Mitchell was USF’s second-leading receiver last season but was ticketed for a switch to cornerback before the transfer.
He had played in 28 games over three years with USF, missing much of the 2011 season with a head injury.
At Hillsborough High School, Mitchell was The Tampa Tribune’s 2010 male athlete of the year.