Youngstown State football player Dale Peterman, who already was expected to miss two games this season with a knee injury, has been suspended indefinitely by coach Eric Wolford over police matters.
The senior defensive back was arraigned Tuesday on a 2012 warrant for marijuana possession and traffic citations, and a 2013 warrant for other traffic citations.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol arrested Peterman, 22, of Cordova Avenue in Youngstown, and troopers took him to the Trumbull County jail.
Later Tuesday he was arraigned before Judge Thomas Gysegem of Warren Municipal Court on charges of marijuana possession, speeding, driving under suspension and driving without a seat belt.
He also went Tuesday before Judge Jeff Adler of Girard Municipal Court, where he faces charges of driving under suspension, failing to display proper auto-registration information and not using a proper child restraint.
In both hearings, the judges released him after he posted a $2,500 personal recognizance bond, meaning he didn’t have to pay anything.
Wolford said Peterman has been suspended indefinitely and he will let the legal process run its course.
“Once that legal process runs its course, I will take action,” Wolford said.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol charged Peterman with the Warren offenses May 12, 2012, during a traffic stop on East Market Street near North Road. He entered innocent pleas May 18, 2012, but did not appear for his next court date in July 2012, and an arrest warrant was issued.
His next Warren court date is 1:30 p.m. Aug. 27.
The Girard charges relate to a Dec. 28, 2012, arrest on Belmont Avenue at Gypsy Lane in Liberty and citations written by a Liberty police officer.
He is scheduled to return to the Girard court at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 28.
YSU did not make Peterman available to comment. Attempts to reach him were unsuccessful.
Wolford said he was not aware of Peterman’s earlier charges.
“If I know of any type of those activities or actions, I act right away,” Wolford said. “We don’t expect those types of things from our student-athletes at Youngstown State.”
Peterman, an Ursuline High graduate, played in all 11 games for the Penguins last season and was expected to start this season until straining his medial collateral ligament last week. YSU added a cornerback on Wednesday, Bowling Green transfer DeVon McKoy, but Wolford said the addition was unrelated to Peterman’s situation.
A first team All-Ohioan at Ursuline, Peterman originally signed with Syracuse but did not qualify academically.
He spent one season at Georgia Military College and another at City College of San Francisco before coming to YSU.
He sat out the 2011 season in order to qualify academically.
Peterman is the second player from the 2008 Ursuline football team to be in trouble with the law this week.
On Tuesday, Darrell Mason, a former teammate on the 2008 Irish state championship team, was arraigned on charges he was part of an East Side gang and is in the Mahoning County jail.
Another member of that team, former Ohio State recruit Jamel Turner, was injured in separate shootings in 2010.
Wolford said the increased scrutiny around players such as Peterman comes with being a high-profile athlete.
“Athletes are in that fishbowl. That’s part of it,” he said.
“You have to accept responsibility for being in that fishbowl, whether you’re a coach or a player. That’s part of being in the arena. There’s a lot of people that want to be in the arena and you take the good with the bad. You have to constantly be conscious of your actions — and we talk to our guys about those types of things.”