Dallas County records show University of New Mexico football player Teriyon Gipson had eight outstanding warrants for traffic citations and failure to appear in court when he was arrested in January for misdemeanor possession of marijuana and unlawful carrying of a firearm.
The weapon charge, which came after police confiscated a handgun in the car he was driving, later was dropped.
Next to each of the warrants as listed on the criminal complaint was a dollar figure labeled as a bond amount. The total amount for all eight warrants exceeded $3,000.
Those records also show Gipson, the Lobos’ leading rusher this season, has an Oct. 27 court date in a Dallas County criminal court on the marijuana charge.
UNM coach Bob Davie, who didn’t learn of Gipson’s January arrest until last week, told the Journal on Tuesday via text that he is now aware of the warrants but didn’t know their current status. “(Gipson’s) mother told me he had an attorney and they were taking care of it,” he said.
The Dallas County records are not clear on how or if the warrants were disposed of. Attempts by the Journal to reach Kia S. Lusk, Gipson’s Dallas attorney, and Kimberly Barclay, chief of the misdemeanors division of the county’s Criminal Court No. 2, were unsuccessful.
Davie has not made Gipson available for interviews since news of his January arrest was first reported last week by KOB-TV, but was expected to do so today.
Gipson, 21, a senior running back, was arrested in Dallas – his hometown – on Jan. 8. According to the criminal complaint, police officers on patrol pulled up next to a white Audi bearing an Ohio temporary license tag and saw smoke wafting through a slightly open window. The officers said they also detected an odor that smelled like marijuana.
The officers pulled the car over and asked the driver for his driver’s license and proof of insurance, which were provided, according to the complaint. The license identified the driver as Gipson.
Gipson was asked if there were drugs or weapons in the car, the officers said. Gipson admitted he had marijuana and produced a baggie containing it. He was arrested at that point.
According to the complaint, officers conducted a search of the vehicle and found a handgun under the seat. The gun was found to be “clear” – not having been used in the commitment of a crime – but officers confiscated it and placed it in a property room.
Gipson was transported to Lew Sterrett Jail, then was released on $1,000 bail, court records show. He was found to have no prior drug convictions.
Records found online appear to show Gipson is in the process of completing court-assigned conditions for resolution of the case against him. Those records include no specifics, but Davie told KOB on Sept. 13 that Gipson “could have paid a $500 fine. Instead (he) chose to take a class. He has not yet finished that class.”
On Sept. 14, Davie said some form of discipline for Gipson will be forthcoming as a result of his arrest. Gipson did not immediately inform Davie of the incident, as the coach has required his players to do in such circumstances.
Davie said he likely would keep the nature of that discipline within the football program and not announce it to the media or the public.
Gipson missed last Saturday’s game at Rutgers after taking a blow to the head on the Lobos’ final offensive play in their 32-31 loss to New Mexico State on Sept. 10. Davie said this week he expects Gipson to be ready to play when UNM returns to the field against San Jose State on Oct. 1.
Even having not played against Rutgers, Gipson remains the team’s leading rusher on the season with 243 yards on 20 attempts, a 12.1-yard average per carry.