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.

Reporter Kim Briggeman can be reached at (406) 523-5266 or by email at kbriggeman@missoulian.com.

(21) comments

Daddyo
Daddyo

I am amazed that the Missoulian left out the most important fact. This young man works very closely with Missoula youth. He is one of the founders (and coaches) of Zoo Town Academy which has many AAU sports teams from 3rd grade and up! He is also no stranger to being put in handcuffs either. I believe this is his 2nd or 3rd DUI (why isn't this stated in the article) and he has been arrested for partner/family member assault (not in the article). This is a person working with Missoula youth??? I can't believe that parents would continue to let this guy be a "role model" for their kids knowing that he is a loser. I can't believe this guy hasn't been run out of town yet.

us citizen
us citizen

to montananurse no i.m not minimizing drunk driving read all my previous post and you will see that I htink they should have to do a mandatory 5 years for there first and add if they get another one double it and so on

Amabo
Amabo

Time to get rid of all intercollegiate athletics at UM. Fill in the stadium with water, stock it with fish, and sell tickets to catch 'em! That's just enough of these thugs! Thank you, Missoulian! These guys SHOULD be identified as current or former UM jocks - with the glory comes the notoriety!

montananurse
montananurse

US Citizen, I don't know if you meant to minimize drinking and driving but that is exactly what is sounds like when you say he must have done something wrong other than driving drunk. That should be MORE than enough reason to stop someone.

us citizen
us citizen

I'm so tired of you people blaming the paper for brining the criminal activity of these um students to the public attention thats there job they can't help that most of the crime in missoula is commited by these bully athletes and you people are to ignorant to see it because they are your precious football or basketball players tou all think they walk on water well they don't so wake up close the university

startingover
startingover

Why close the university? Because a small percentage of students get in legal trouble? How many non students get dui's every weekend? How many of those never make the front page?

payup
payup

This individual hasn't been a UM student for over 4 years, so the connection noted in the article is obvious sensationalism. Apparently it works for those with limited critical thinking skills and a 4th grade command of grammar.

jacksommersby88
jacksommersby88

Well put! Last week the paper ran a story of a former Griz football player doing something good in community service, and I didn't read any comments blasting the writer for bringing up his Griz affiliation. Applying quite the double standard, these rabid Griz-football-player defenders!

Denise Moore
Denise Moore

Getting sick and tired of journalists/editors at the Missoulian reaching back years to tie arrests to UM Athletics in any way possible.

Can't wait for the next headline: "Former Griz Athlete Arrested for Outstanding Parking Violations; Neighbor Says She Always Knew the 1968 Graduate Would Never Amount to Anything".

That's how ridiculous this is getting. Looking like a vendetta of sorts to me...

us citizen
us citizen

this guy had a warrant people so he obviously did something wrong besides driving drunk as far as i know when you are put under arrest you are handcuffed wether you like it or not or if you are a football player or not show up for your court dates and you won't have warrants

startingover
startingover

He was a basketball player, not a football player.

Roger
Roger

He played for the Bitterroot Blaze, a team in the Rocky Mountain Football League, according to the story.

nananook
nananook

Why is it that the Missoulian has to headline the arrests of "former" Griz players? When "Joe Blow" resists arrest for DUI, he's never mentioned, although, chances are he could be a former UM student. I am sick of this paper's negative sensationalism of athletes and former athletes. There are so many terrific UM athletes and you're lumping them all together like Pat Williams "thugs". Maybe you should join him in the unemployment line!

Amabo
Amabo

With the fame comes the scrutiny!

frazzle
frazzle

so p.lease tell me why this clown should be different than any other criminal,the cops should have tazed him and then cuffed him

Re-Made in Montana
Re-Made in Montana

Or cuffed him THEN tazed him.

sportscaster
sportscaster

So please tell me why the handcuffs were even necessary in a case like this? - Bill Schwanke

Alan Johnson
Alan Johnson

For officer safety every person taken into custody is handcuffed.

MTcommonsense
MTcommonsense

Its a precautionary move for the officer's safety. Drunk males can be quite unpredictable and violent, especially ones the size and strength of Ceylon. The cuffs are put on while the officer runs a background check to be sure he doesn't have some felon or a guy with warrants. Once they've established that the cuffs are usually removed when back up arrives and the suspect is safely locked in the backseat of the cruiser.

Re-Made in Montana
Re-Made in Montana

Huh? If a suspect is in custody in the back of a patrol vehicle, they have cuffs on. I hope local LE chimes in but your comment is just wrong for every jurisdiction I have knowledge of.

justafan
justafan

My guess is because he was under arrest and would you want to have a drunk individual in your patrol car, more then one officer has been killed because a "nice guy" was not handcuffed.

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