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Florida DE Carlos Dunlap out of SEC title game after DUI arrest



Carlos Dunlap, the defensive MVP of last year's BCS National Championship Game, will not play in Saturday's SEC title game because of an arrest on DUI charges early Tuesday morning.

Florida coach Urban Meyer said there is no timetable for Dunlap's return at this time.

"Carlos obviously made a very poor decision,'' Meyer said following Tuesday's practice. "I have not spoken with him and his family yet, but he is not going to play. ... We've had distraction after distraction this season, and this is a rather serious one, obviously. But sometimes this team has found a way to get a little tighter.'' 

Dunlap, 20, was arrested at 3:58 a.m. He appeared before Alachua County judge Mary Day Coker Tuesday morning and was released on his own recognizance at 9:10 a.m. The judge admonished Dunlap for underage drinking, then ordered him to refrain from alcohol, illegal drugs and any prescription drugs that are not prescribed for him.

When asked if he understood the charges and the conditions of his release, the 6-foot-6 Dunlap leaned over toward the microphone and replied, "Yes, maam.''

According to an arrest report, Officer Robert Rogers was in the area where Dunlap's 2008 red Chrysler was sitting at a complete stop at a green traffic light. According to Roberts, he observed the car remain stationary through multiple cycles of the traffic light.  

When the officer approached the car, he saw Dunlap "slumped over in the driver's seat'' and noticed he appeared to be asleep.

The report said officers were unable to wake Dunlap, even with loud verbal commands - he would open his eyes, then nod off again. They were about to reach through a slightly cracked window to unlock the car, which was still in gear. The officers put the car in park and reported that Dunlap's breath smelled of alcohol, his eyes were bloodshot and he "performed field sobriety exercises with poor results." 

After he was read his rights, Dunlap told officers he had been at "a gathering'' and was headed "home.''

He refused to have his breath tested and was booked into the Alachua County Jail at 5:57 a.m.

Dunlap is tied for the team lead with seven sacks and also has six pass breakups and 35 tackles

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 1:29pm]


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