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UK linebacker suspended after drug arrest in Louisville

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Ridge Wilson (Photo courtesy UKAthletics.com) Ridge Wilson (Photo courtesy UKAthletics.com)
Ridge Wilson (Photo courtesy: Louisville Metro Corrections) Ridge Wilson (Photo courtesy: Louisville Metro Corrections)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A University of Kentucky football linebacker was arrested on a felony drug charge in Louisville over the weekend.

Police say they were conducting a routine patrol on W. Oak Street, near 6th Street, early Sunday morning when they noticed a vehicle with an Indiana license plate on the side of the road.

"The area is known for drug trafficking and drug use," police say.

According to the arrest report, the officer saw a man leaning down in the driver seat with no lights on in the inside of the vehicle. The officer then pulled over to see what the man was doing.

That man turned out to be 21-year-old Ridge A. Wilson.

Police say Wilson was "extremely nervous" and "kept mentioning [that] he played football for the University of Kentucky."

Wilson allowed officers to search his vehicle. That's when police say they found a pair of jeans in the back seat with a bag of Xanax pills. They also allegedly found $1,947 in the jeans he was wearing.

Wilson was charged with trafficking in a controlled substance, a felony.

The University of Kentucky's website lists Wilson as a linebacker who graduated from Central High School. It describes him as a "talented linebacker with excellent athleticism" who "hopes to continue the progress he showed late last season when he emerged as the lead performer at strongside linebacker."

In Wilson's 2010 sophomore season, he had 30 tackles, according to the site.

Tom Neely, a spokesperson for the UK football team, told WDRB News Monday morning that Wilson had been suspended indefinitely from the team. He would not explain why, other than to say that Wilson "broke the team rules."

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