With fall just around the corner, many in South Carolina are anxiously awaiting the upcoming college football season. For fans of one high profile football program, however, unfortunate news recently emerged that places a leading player in jeopardy of not playing in the season opener.
The issue that's created the stir is a drunk driving charge against a leading running back in the Big Ten Conference. While the player is of legal age to have been drinking, the charge has landed him in hot water with the school, as well as the law. His coach says he will be on the bench indefinitely while he undergoes some special education about what the coach says are the "high standards that we have established within our program.
According to reports, the leading running back for the Michigan Wolverines was pulled over for a traffic violation late last month. After police administered a breath test, they arrested him for driving with a blood alcohol content over the .08 percent legal limit.
The police did not reveal the 22-year-old player's precise BAC level. In South Carolina, the results of a breath test can affect the penalty imposed on a driver. The higher the BAC recorded, the more severe the consequences the courts tend to mete out.
Based on the DUI charges alone the team suspended the player indefinitely. According to the head coach, the player violated the team's established standards. Due to the suspension, it was not known whether the player would be able to play in the team's first game of the season against defending national champion Alabama.
The suspension serves as an important reminder of the severity of drunk driving charges. Many are familiar with the stiff penalties that can attach to DUI charge; suspension of a driver's license or even jail time. As this story shows, though, DUI charges can also lead to significant penalties impacting one's job, school or extracurricular activities.
To achieve the optimal outcome when dealing with drunk driving charges, one should enlist the help of experienced legal representation.
Source: NBC Sports, "DUI leads to indefinite suspension for Michigan's top RB," John Taylor, July 23, 2012