A former University of Montana basketball player and current receiver on the Missoula Phoenix football team was arrested in north Missoula early Saturday and charged with misdemeanor aggravated driving under the influence and resisting arrest.
Ceylon Elgin-Taylor, 27, was stopped in the parking lot of a convenience store on North Orange Street at around 2:30 a.m.
“His vehicle was seen and identified by an officer,” said Sgt. Jerry Odlin of the Missoula Police Department. “The officer ran the plate and it came back registered to Elgin-Taylor, who has a Municipal Court warrant” for driving without a valid license.
A DUI investigation resulted in Elgin-Taylor being placed under arrest.
Based on the arresting officer’s report, “it sounds like he didn’t comply with the officer’s instructions toward getting handcuffed,” Odlin said. “He was told to place his hands behind his back and he didn’t.”
“There was very, very minimal use of force on it,” the sergeant added. “He was placed on the ground.”
Taylor was booked in the Missoula County Detention Center at around 4:30 a.m. and released on bond a couple of hours later. He’s scheduled to appear Monday morning before Municipal Court Judge Sam Warren.
Taylor starred for the Bitterroot Blaze last year when they won the Rocky Mountain Football League title. The Blaze folded after the season. This spring, he has caught two passes in each of the past two games for the Phoenix. The Missoula team didn’t play this weekend.
Taylor played two basketball seasons for the Montana Grizzlies after transferring from Irvine Valley College in California in 2007.