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Missouri star linebacker Chad Bailey was suspended from the team on Sunday after he was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated early Sunday, the school said.

Bailey, a 23-year-old team captain for the Tigers, was booked at around 2:45 a.m. local time and was released on $500 bond, according to online records from the Boone County Sheriff’s Office.

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Missouri Tigers linebacker Chad Bailey, #33, wraps up Georgia Bulldogs running back Kenny McIntosh, #6, during the second quarter of a college football game between the Missouri Tigers and Georgia Bulldogs on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021 at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Georgia.

Missouri Tigers linebacker Chad Bailey, #33, wraps up Georgia Bulldogs running back Kenny McIntosh, #6, during the second quarter of a college football game between the Missouri Tigers and Georgia Bulldogs on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021 at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Georgia. (Austin McAfee/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Police said Bailey was pulled over around 1 a.m. Sunday near the Columbia campus for an expired license plate and lane violation. Bailey reportedly told officers he had consumed alcohol and then allegedly failed a field sobriety test.

“We are aware of the situation involving Chad Bailey,” Missouri football coach Eli Drinkwitz told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “He’s been suspended according to Department of Athletics policy. We have high expectations for all of our student-athletes, on and off the field, and we will follow all departmental and campus policies.”

Chris Rodriguez Jr., #24 of the Kentucky Wildcats, stiff arms Chad Bailey, #33 of the Missouri Tigers, during the second half at Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium on Nov. 5, 2022 in Columbia, Missouri.

Chris Rodriguez Jr., #24 of the Kentucky Wildcats, stiff arms Chad Bailey, #33 of the Missouri Tigers, during the second half at Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium on Nov. 5, 2022 in Columbia, Missouri. (Jay Biggerstaff/Getty Images)

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Bailey is expected to be sixth-year senior this fall after opting to return for his final year of eligibility, according to the paper. The Missouri student-athlete handbook says any athlete who is arrested must serve a minimum one-week suspension.

Bailey started 11 games for Missouri during the 2022 season. He had 57 tackles, including 8.5 tackles for a loss and 2.5 sacks.

Missouri Tigers linebacker Chad Bailey, #33, after an SEC football game between the South Carolina Gamecocks and Missouri Tigers on Nov 13, 2021 at Memorial Stadium in Columbia, Missouri.

Missouri Tigers linebacker Chad Bailey, #33, after an SEC football game between the South Carolina Gamecocks and Missouri Tigers on Nov 13, 2021 at Memorial Stadium in Columbia, Missouri. (Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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Missouri finished the year 6-7, culminating with a loss to Wake Forest in the Gasparilla Bowl.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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