Former Purdue interim coach arrested, charged with OVI

Gerad Parker’s time in West Lafayette ended on a really bad note.

On Tuesday, the man who served as Purdue’s interim head coach following the firing of Darrell Hazell midway through the 2016 season was arrested for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, per multiple reports. According to the Purdue Exponent, Parker was arrested after attending a going-away party.

Parker was pulled over after being seen driving the wrong direction on a West Lafayette street. The Cincinnati Enquirer had the following report:

Parker reportedly was seen driving the wrong way on West Lafayette’s Pierce Street when he was stopped. Parker was taken to the Tippecanoe County Jail, where he was booked and held. The Exponent also reported that Parker was released later Tuesday without a bond, according to a jail spokesman.

Parker filled in as the head coach for the Boilermakers for the final six games of the season. Despite a more motivated look on Saturdays under Parker, Purdue went 0-6 in the second half of the season. He had formally served as the team’s wide receivers coach.

After Purdue hired Jeff Brohm, Parker earned a spot of Luke Fickell’s staff at Cincinnati, appointed as the team’s running backs coach. However, it was reported that he had recently taken a position at East Carolina as the team’s wide receivers coach.

Parker was released without a bond later on Tuesday.

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