Pitt player suspended after being charged in accident

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Pitt reserve tailback Jason Douglas has been suspended from the team indefinitely for disciplinary reasons because he was involved in a traffic accident early Sunday in the South Side and was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.

Mr. Douglas was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a vehicle while DUI and being involved in an accident that resulted in personal injury, as well as a misdemeanor charge of driving while under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance and a summary underage drinking charge.

Mr. Douglas, 19, is free on $500 bond, pending a preliminary hearing at 8 a.m. Thursday.

According to court records, Mr. Douglas, a redshirt freshman from Opa-locka, Fla., was arrested after police were called to the scene of an accident at 1:41 a.m. at East Carson and 22nd streets.

The victim, Christopher Paul, suffered head and neck injuries. Police found him lying in the street, and paramedics drove him to UPMC Presbyterian where he was in serious condition Sunday.

Police, searching for the suspect's car based on eyewitness reports, found Mr. Douglas trying to park the damaged vehicle in the 1700 block of Sarah Street.

Police said he was slow to comply with their orders to exit the vehicle, and when he spoke without prompting, he said, "Hey, I play for Pitt football. Please, don't arrest me," according to the affidavit that supports his arrest.

Mr. Douglas' blood-alcohol level was recorded at 0.178, more than twice the limit at which a motorist is considered too drunk to drive in Pennsylvania.

So drunk was Mr. Douglas, police said, that an officer had to hold him up by the arm after he exited his vehicle.

Neither Mr. Douglas nor his passenger, Pitt sophomore linebacker Dan Mason of Penn Hills, was injured in the accident. Mr. Mason was not charged.


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