A celebrated disc golf champion and creator of a renowned disc-dyeing system in Arkansas remains jailed in Idaho after reports of a sexually explicit cell phone photo led police to 28 pounds of marijuana in his Boise hotel room.
Jeffery Boyd Ash, 54, won the disc golf world championship in 2003 and owns Brainwave, a Fayetteville, Ark.,-based company known for funky tie-dyed designs on discs.
A message posted on the companys Facebook page after Ashs arrest asks customers to stop sending discs to Ash for painting due to events out of our control.
We appreciate your understanding and hope things are back to normal soon, the message reads. A man who posted the message did not respond to an interview request from the Idaho Statesman.
Ash is in the Ada County Jail on $150,000 bond. His next court appearance is scheduled for Dec. 5. Police also arrested him for misdemeanor indecent exposure, but prosecutors have not yet filed that charge.
Ash played on the University of Arkansas baseball team in the College World Series in 1979. He no longer plays disc golf regularly because of knee and shoulder injuries but described himself in an interview posted online as the only player to play in a string of prestigious tournaments, including the U.S. Disc Golf Championship, in a single year.
Im probably one of the most successful amateur disc golfers in (Pro Disc Golf Association) history but probably one of the least successful professional disc golfers just because of things that happened along life, Ash said in the interview with DiscGolf Arkansas, referring to the death of his wife in 2004 and knee and shoulder injuries that prevent him from playing.
Its unclear what Ash was doing in Boise when a woman called police Nov. 20 about 9:43 p.m. and said a man shed just met had showed her a cellphone picture of his genitals.
Ash was staying in a motel near the Boise Airport just off Interstate 84. Boise to Fayetteville is about a 1,600-mile drive on interstates 84 and 80.
Officers say Ash was smoking a marijuana joint when they went to his motel room, which smelled heavily of pot.
Ash invited the officers in, according to a police news release, and they ended up seizing two duffel bags with 25 packages of marijuana weighing about 28 1/2 pounds.
Boise police have released no further details about the case.
A public defender assigned to Boyds case did not return a phone call seeking comment Monday, and Ash was unavailable for comment at the jail.
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