Former Oregon TE Lyerla arrested on drug charges

Former Oregon TE Lyerla arrested on drug charges »Play Video
Booking photo for Colt Lyerla.

EUGENE, Ore. -- Former Oregon tight end Colt Lyerla was arraigned at the Lane County Courthouse Thursday after he was arrested the previous  night on drug charges, the Lane County Sheriff's Office said.

Detectives reported seeing Lyerla snorting what appeared to be a white powdery substance inside a parked car near 7th and Polk while working an unrelated drug investigation. 

20-year-old Lyerla admitted to using and possessing cocaine when he was approached by police officers, LCSO official said.

Law enforcement officers said they agreed to meet Lyerla at his house. Once at his apartment, Lyerla reportedly ran inside. Police arrested him when he came out a short time later.

He was booked at the Lane County Jail on charges of unlawful possession of cocaine and interfering with police.

Lyerla's lawyer said the charges would be dismissed if Colt completes a drug treatment program.

Colt Lyerla left the Oregon football program earlier this year after serving a one-game suspension and missing the trip to Colorado. Lyerla told the media that he wanted to pursue a pro football career instead of playing college ball.