A former high school football star was legally drunk when the car he was driving smashed into a telephone pole on the University of Maryland's College Park campus, killing him and two passengers, authorities said yesterday.
Arthur Henry Clark Jr., 21, whose football exploits at Howard County's Oakland Mills High School earned him a college scholarship, had a blood-alcohol level of .12 percent when he died in the Aug. 17 accident, according to University of Maryland police and the medical examiner who conducted an autopsy. The legal standard for intoxication is .10 percent.
Mr. Clark, who was known as "Archie," was driving two friends home from a birthday party at an off-campus university apartment when the accident occurred. A gold Nissan Stanza -- owned by Mr. Clark's girlfriend -- was seen speeding toward campus on Metzerott Road and crossing a double-yellow line as it passed a car driven by an off-duty Washington police officer. The car was found a short distance away, its frame wrapped around a telephone pole on Paint Branch Drive at the northern edge of the campus.
Also killed in the crash were Shawn Maurice Evans, 25, of Adelphi, who was not a student at the university, and David Kareem Chisholm, 21, of Silver Spring, a junior studying accounting.
Autopsy results showed that Mr. Evans had a blood alcohol level of .03 percent and Mr. Chisholm had no alcohol in his blood, said Cpl. Steven R. Kowa, university police spokesman.
J. Laron Locke, the medical examiner who performed the autopsies, said yesterday that no traces of illegal drugs were found in the bodies of any of the three men.
According to District Court and Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration records, Mr. Clark's driver's license had been suspended last year after he failed to appear in court in connection with tickets he had received in two traffic stops. A knee injury had kept him from playing football as a freshman and, when academic deficiencies knocked him off the team, he also lost the scholarship.