An assistant coach for the University of Kentucky football team is facing a serious charge that could jeopardize his career, according to local sources. The 37-year-old wide receivers coach was arrested in northern Kentucky in the early morning of May 8. He faces a DUI charge as well as several associated charges. If he is found guilty, he could lose his license, his job and even his freedom.
What allegedly happened?
According to the limited information in the report, it appears the man was arrested around 3:56 a.m. by police in Erlanger. The stop seems to have been predicated on speeding, as the man was observed operating his vehicle some 26 miles per hour faster than the posted speed limit. Police also say the man had an open container of alcohol in the vehicle when he was pulled over.
While it is unclear whether any roadside testing took place, the man was nevertheless arrested and charged with DUI, possession of an open alcoholic beverage and driving over the speed limit. He was scheduled to make his first appearance in court on May 14. It is unknown whether the man has sought criminal defense representation at this time.
The potential impact of these charges
A DUI charge can seriously derail the career and life of the accused individual. This is why it is the onus of Kentucky authorities to provide proof beyond reasonable doubt that the man was indeed intoxicated at the time of his arrest. This proof could include Breathalyzer or blood tests as well as roadside sobriety testing. The man’s criminal defense attorney will carefully review the facts of the case to ensure their client’s rights were respected throughout the detainment and arrest process, and hopefully to reduce the charges or see them dropped altogether.