Refugio star athlete's DWI arrest will end his baseball season

JR Ortega By JR Ortega

May 7, 2014 at 12:07 a.m.
Updated May 8, 2014 at 12:08 a.m.

Quarterback Travis Quintanilla was arrested on suspicion of DWI on Tuesday.

Quarterback Travis Quintanilla was arrested on suspicion of DWI on Tuesday.

The fallout from Refugio Bobcats star quarterback Travis Quintanilla's DWI arrest is now known.

The 19-year-old Refugio senior was arrested and booked in the Refugio County Jail about 3 a.m. Tuesday. He was released on a $3,000 bond later that morning, according to the jail log.

According to Refugio baseball coach Armando Huerta, Quintanilla will not be playing for the remainder of the baseball season.

The Bobcats are facing Banquete in the Class 2A area playoffs this weekend.

In February, Quintanilla signed on to play football and baseball at Texas A&M-Kingsville. He also broke state records for career passing yards and touchdown passes as well as single-season passing yards and touchdown passes.

Refugio school district Superintendent Jack Gaskins said neither he nor his faculty and staff could comment about the arrest.

Gaskins cited the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.

Attempts to reach Refugio Police Chief Andy Lopez were unsuccessful, and the details about Quintanilla's arrest were unavailable. Attempts to reach Quintanilla and his family were also unsuccessful.

David S. Calloway, the head football coach of the A&M-Kingsville Javelinas, wrote in an email that he had no information to report.

"I am aware of the situation with Mr. Quintanilla, and we are still collecting information about the situation," he wrote.

On Facebook, friends and community members showered Quintanilla's page with support.

Miguel Torres, who grew up in Refugio County, said he knows Quintanilla's family will support him and see him through.

"They will help him by educating him on the consequences of his action," he wrote in a Facebook message. "Can't wait to see him play in the next level."

Advocate sportswriter Mike Forman contributed to this story.



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