Missouri redshirt freshman Levi Copelin arrested for peace disturbance

01/24/2014 10:42 AM

01/24/2014 1:31 PM

Missouri redshirt freshman Levi Copelin was arrested Thursday for a misdemeanor peace disturbance after an incident at the university’s ID office.

Copelin, 20, was at the office on campus shortly before 4 p.m. to obtain a replacement ID card when he was informed that a hold had been placed on his account.

“He made comments that the staff in the ID office found threatening,” University of Missouri Police Department Public Information Officer Brian Weimer said. “When he left, they contacted us and we responded to obtain information from them. We contacted Mr. Copelin, who came into the university police department, where we spoke to him about the incident. At that point, he was arrested for the peace disturbance, first offense,”

Weimer wouldn’t discuss specifics about what Copelin — a native of Broken Arrow, Okla., who caught three passes for 61 yards and also made four tackles on special teams — said to the staff, because it’s part of an ongoing investigation.

“That’s something that will have to come up in court proceedings,” said Weimer, who indicated that Copelin had been cooperative with the police.

Copelin was transferred to Boone County Jail, where he was subsequently released on a $500 bond.

Missouri athletic department spokesman Chad Moller said the team is aware of the incident and “we are dealing with it internally” in a text message to The Star.

This isn’t Copelin’s first run-in with campus police.

He was arrested in October 2012 along with wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham and Torey Boozer, who was later dismissed from the Tigers football program.

The three were spotted smoking marijuana in a car in a parking lot near Memorial Stadium.

Charges were later reduced from suspicion of possession of less than 35 grams of marijuana to second-degree trespassing.

Green-Beckham was arrested Jan. 10 in his hometown, Springfield, when approximately one pound of marijuana and drug paraphernalia was found in a car he was riding in after a traffic stop.

He and two other men were booked on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, but no formal charges have been filed in the case as police await confirmation from the state lab that the substance was marijuana.


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