The quarterback whose served as the poster boy for Texas power Southlake Carroll’s rise to national prominence was arrested for driving under the influence with his legendary coaching father and infant son in the car.
According to the Dallas Morning News, a Southlake Police Department report cites Riley Dodge for driving under the influence on March 13. The newly minted offensive coordinator for Flower Mount Marcus allegedly struck a pedestrian warning sign with the right side of his car, leaving the vehicle with extensive damage and further damage to the sign and pole. More disturbingly, Dodge’s 11-month-old son, his wife and his father were all passengers in the vehicle at the time of the crash.
Dodge’s father, Todd Dodge, is a Texas coaching legend. After leading Southlake Carroll to state and national titles he coached for North Texas from 2007-2010, where Riley Dodge was one of his quarterbacks. Following his dismissal from North Texas he coached Pittsburgh’s quarterbacks for one season, in 2011, before returning to Texas high school football at Marble Falls in 2012 and 2013. He left to lead Austin power Westlake for the 2014 season, and will be entering his third season leading the Chaparrals in 2016.
The lawyer for the younger Dodge, Chris Lewis, insists that the former quarterback will be cleared once results from his blood test are returned; the attorney claims that the accident was actually caused by Dodge turning around to attend to his crying son.
“This wasn’t a situation where he was out late at night,” Lewis told the Morning News. “He wasn’t partying, he wasn’t drinking all day. He had had an early dinner with his parents and his wife and his child and they had spent some time in Southlake.
“It was just unfortunate that the accident happened in the presence of an officer and he admitted to having some alcohol earlier in the evening.”
If later convicted, Dodge could face six months to two years in jail in addition to a hefty fine, though it would be more likely for the coordinator to receive probation of an indeterminate length — likely 2-5 years — and a more marginal fine in line with a first offense.