Authorities: 19-year-old, Augustana athlete, facing multiple charges

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UPDATED 11:00 a.m. 

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — An Augustana student athlete is behind bars after a weekend incident.

Around 4:30 a.m. Saturday, authorities were called to a room on Augustana’s campus. An 18-year-old woman was sleeping when she woke to someone in bed with her. He grabbed at her and she ran to another room and called for help.

When security arrived, he was still in her bed and wouldn’t wake up. He was taken to the hospital and a preliminary breath test came up with a blood alcohol level of .163.

He’s facing burglary and underage drinking charges.


10:13 a.m.

A former Pierre standout athlete and current Augustana University football and baseball player in facing three charges after being arrested early Saturday morning in Sioux Falls. 

Peyton Zabel, a freshman at Augustana, is charged with first degree burglary, underage purchase or possession of alcohol and disorderly conduct. KELOLAND News expects to learn more details about his arrest at Monday’s police briefing. 

Augustana University Office of the Dean of Students released a statement about incident and added the student-athlete would be suspended indefinitely from all athletic activity until the investigation is completed. 

“Augustana University is investigating the incident that took place the morning of May 11 and is currently working with the authorities regarding the matter. The university does not comment on the specifics of individual student cases due to federal student privacy laws but adheres to a code of conduct for its students,” Augustana University Office of the Dean of Students. 

Zabel was selected in the 19th round of the MLB Draft by the Milwaukee Brewers last summer. He turned down the offer for the Brewers to play football and baseball for the Vikings. 


5:53 a.m. 

A 19-year old is in jail facing a number of charges including burglary and possession of alcohol.

According to the Minnehaha County Jail log, Peyton Zabel was arrested early Saturday morning.

We expect to learn more details about his arrest Monday. Right now, we do know that he is charged with first degree burglary, underage purchase or possession of alcohol and disorderly conduct.

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