By: Patti Weaver
(Stillwater, Okla.) — An athlete, who told police he was “OSU Football,” has been accused of assaulting a Stillwater officer, drunk driving, failing to give information at the scene of an accident at 800 E. Hall of Fame where two vehicles were hit, driving on a suspended license, and resisting arrest at 3:49 am on June 2, court records show.
Trey Alen Rucker, 20, of Stillwater, who is listed on the 2021 Oklahoma State University football roster, was released from the Payne County Jail on June 3 on $9,000 bond pending a court appearance with an attorney this week on the five-count charge. Stillwater Police Officer Bryan Luginbill was dispatched at 3:26 am on June 2 to assist another officer at 800 E. Hall of Fame on a reported hit and run accident that had just occurred, according to his affidavit.
A witness “heard a crash and saw a black 4-door car speed away northbound towards McElroy. The witness reported two cars in the parking lot were damaged and the black car was leaving car parts as it drove away,” the affidavit alleged.
The officer wrote that when he entered the apartment complex’s parking lot, “I noticed there was a fresh line of fluids on the pavement. I followed the trail of fluids from the west parking area north to the east parking lot where a black Chevy 4-door Equinox was parked. The brake lights were activated on the vehicle and I noticed a male and female near the front driver’s side area that appeared to be talking to the driver. As I was pulling up closer, the male and female began to walk away.
“The vehicle had extensive front-end damage. As I was in front of the vehicle, the driver got out. The driver, later identified as Trey Alen Rucker, began telling me he was going home. I attempted to speak with him about the accident, but Rucker continued to repeat himself that he lived here over and over. As Rucker was talking, I noticed his speech appeared to be slurred and his eyes were red and watery.
“As we were talking, Rucker moved closer to me and I stepped back. Rucker stepped towards me again and continued to lean towards me. Rucker continued to lean towards me and I gave him a verbal warning to step back and put my hand on his upper torso. Rucker was within six inches of me, and I had already given him space. When I gave him the verbal warning to step back away from me, Rucker leaned in again and told me to get away from him,” Officer Luginbill alleged in his affidavit.
“Rucker appeared to be under the influence and due to his assault, I took hold of his arm and told him he was under arrest. Rucker jerked his arm away and began yelling and calling out to the people behind me. He then began saying that he was ‘OSU’ and he was OSU Football. I attempted to take hold of his arms several times telling him that he was under arrest, but he would pull away from me.
“I deployed my Taser and told him he would be Tased and continued to tell him to turn around. Rucker waved his arms around and told me to shoot him. Rucker continued to yell to his friends saying to ‘call Dundy, call Dundy,” Officer Luginbill alleged in his affidavit. Rucker was apparently referring to the OSU football coach whose last name is Gundy.
“Officer Wheeler and Rivera arrived to assist and also attempted to take Rucker into custody, but Rucker resisted by pulling his arms away when we attempted to take hold of him. Rucker continued to back away and after several warnings, I discharged my Taser striking Rucker in the upper torso. Rucker bent over and finally laid down on the ground. Rucker was secured with handcuffs and placed under arrest. Rucker continued to yell. I removed the Taser probes from Rucker and secured them for evidence purposes,” Officer Luginbill alleged in his affidavit.
“Officer Houston transported Rucker to the SPD Jail where Rucker continued to be violent. Rucker had said that his driver’s license was inside the vehicle, but it was not located. An SPD dispatcher was able to locate a suspended Virginia driver’s license for Rucker. Rucker also had two confirmed outstanding Payne County warrants. Due to Rucker displaying signs of intoxication, I read to him the Implied Consent request while he was inside the jail cell. Rucker slammed his hands on the cell door and demanded a phone. I asked Rucker twice if he would take the state’s (alcohol) test and he refused to answer.
“Due to his violent behavior and refusal to answer, a test refusal was completed. Rucker refused to sign the driver portion of the refusal block of the officer’s affidavit and notice of revocation. The driver was served with a copy of the officer’s affidavit and notice of revocation at his cell, but refused to accept the papers. The copy was then placed with the driver’s property,” Officer Luginbill alleged in his affidavit.
According to Payne County court records, at the time of his June 2 arrest, two bench warrants had already been issued for Rucker’s arrest on April 19 for his failure to appear in court on traffic citations from an Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper for operating a vehicle without a license or with an expired license, and also speeding 16-20 mph over the limit, both on Feb. 3. After Rucker appeared by video from the Payne County Jail on June 3, a woman paid his fines of $406 for the driver’s license violation and $633 for the speeding ticket, court records show.
In a case investigated by the OSU Police Department, Rucker had also been charged with a misdemeanor count of operating a vehicle on April 17 while his driver’s license was revoked. Rucker had been released on a personal recognizance bond, with an order to show the judge a valid driver’s license on July 6, court records show.
In his new Payne County case filed on June 3, Rucker could be given as much as a five-year prison term or up to one year in jail plus a maximum fine of $500 if convicted of assault on a Stillwater police officer. If convicted of his misdemeanor counts of drunk driving, failing to give information at an accident scene, driving on a suspended license and resisting arrest, Rucker could be given as much as four years in jail and fined $2,500, court records show.