It is the third time he has been arrested in the last 16 months.
According to the Ringgold Police Department:
Antonio Martez Eastland, 20, of U.S. 41 in Ringgold was arrested on Friday, Aug. 24, on charges of possession/purchase of alcohol under 21, and disorderly conduct.
Eastland has been released from jail on bond.
Ringgold Police officer Tom Evans said he was dispatched to Ringgold High School after Catoosa County sheriff’s Lt. Shane Fann had encountered Eastland under the influence of alcohol at the game.
“Upon arrival, Lt. Fann state that he had taken Eastland into custody,” Evans said. “Fann stated that he observed Martez come through the admission gate and that Martez approached him and shook his hand. Lt. Fann then stated that during the handshake, he smelled the odor of an alcoholic beverage about his person.”
Eastland became agitated and began using profanity after admitting to Lt. Fann that he had indeed consumed alcohol, reports show.
“Eastland admitted that he had consumed two shots of liquor, and a handheld Alco sensor indicated his blood alcohol content was at .154,” Evans said. “Eastland struggled when he was asked to sit in the patrol vehicle, and began screaming profanity as numerous people with their kids were walking by to attend the ball game.”
Evans says he asked Eastland to stop with the offensive language while pointing out the several young children walking by, to which he says Eastland replied, “I don’t give a ____.”
Eastland was arrested and transported to Catoosa County jail without further incident.
Eastland’s last arrest came in July 2011 after he allegedly stole numerous items from a local gas station, got into a confrontation with four men outside the store, then subsequently chased after them and rammed into them with his vehicle.
That arrest came five months after he was arrested in March 2011 on a battery charge for allegedly beating his sister-in-law during an argument over marijuana.
As a football star, Eastland was the 2008 and 2009 Best of Preps North Georgia offensive player of the year while rushing for more than 3,000 yards in his junior and senior seasons at Ringgold High. Then listed at 6-foot-1 and 240 pounds, he was touted as the No. 4 fullback in the country by Rivals.com, before enrolling at the University of Ole Miss.
After one season at Ole Miss, Eastland transferred to Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, where was reportedly enrolled and majoring in criminal justice as of late 2011.
Eastland is not currently enrolled in school.