Illinois linebacker Williams suspended indefinitely following DUI arrest

Illini junior linebacker Ashante Williams was suspended indefinitely following a DUI arrest in Urbana early Saturday.

Williams was stopped at 1:37 a.m. near the intersection of Washington and Anderson streets, where he was charged with improper lane usage, driving under the influence of alcohol, having a breath alcohol over the legal limit and speeding.

According to the police report, Williams had a strong odor of alcohol on his breath. He also had bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and admitted to consuming alcohol. He showed multiple signs of impairment during his field sobriety test.

He was released after posting a $100 bond. He’s due back in court Aug. 8. The suspension isn’t his first; in September 2009, Williams was suspended for violating team rules and missed a game against Illinois State along with former team member and running back Mikel Leshoure.

Williams played in all 13 games last season as a defensive back, where he recorded 19 tackles. He recorded a career-high five tackles and a career-best four solos in Illinois’ win over Southern Illinois.