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Former Boise State football standout O’Brien arrested again

Joe O’Brien as a Boise State Bronco in 1994.
Joe O’Brien as a Boise State Bronco in 1994. Boise State University Archives

Joe O’Brien, a former All-American defensive lineman and Big Sky Conference MVP for the Broncos, was arrested June 17 for possession of dangerous drugs (felony) and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (misdemeanor), according to a report in the Great Falls (Mont.) Tribune.

O’Brien was arrested after crashing his vehicle into a telephone pole and a tree, according to the Tribune. The newspaper reported that, according to charging documents, O’Brien was in possession of a dropper syringe and a bottle of clear liquid labeled “Etizolam” and “for research use only.” The report indicated that it’s a synthetic form of Benzodiazepine, a controlled narcotic depressant used to treat anxiety.

O’Brien played at Boise State from 1993-94 and went on to become an assistant coach at Montana State, where he was arrested in 2003 for his role in a meth distribution conspiracy. O’Brien spent 2 1/2 years in federal prison.