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Florida State Seminoles receiver Preston Parker charged with DUI

Florida State receiver Preston Parker was arrested by Tallahassee police early Saturday morning for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, perhaps jeopardizing his career with a second drug-related offense within a year.

School officials said they will continue to gather information before making a statement.

Parker's latest troubles began when police officers found him "passed out" behind the wheel of his Dodge Charger in the drive-through of a McDonald's at 4:42 a.m.; the engine was running and a witness said the car had been stopped there for about 20 minutes, according to a news release from Tallahassee police.

An officer made several attempts to arouse Parker by banging on the window. He eventually woke up and took his foot off the brake, and the car, which was in drive, began to move. Parker was told to stop and get out of the car and was arrested.

Although his breath test showed a .054 blood-alcohol content, below the threshold the state presumes someone to be impaired (.08), his urine sample came back as presumptive positive for marijuana. Parker admitted to drinking and smoking marijuana that night, according to the release.

Parked was released just after 6 p.m. after a $500 bond was posted.

Parker, 21, who decided not to enter the NFL draft after a somewhat disappointing junior season (a team-high 40 catches for just 372 yards and two touchdowns), made headlines in April when he went home and was arrested in Palm Beach County for carrying a concealed handgun (a felony) in his car and possession of 4.81 grams of marijuana (a misdemeanor). In a deal with prosecutors, he pleaded guilty to the reduced charge of carrying a concealed weapon, a misdemeanor, and to the drug charge.

In addition to court-ordered penalties, including 12 months of probation, random drug testing and community service, FSU imposed additional conditions on his return to the team, including biweekly drug testing and moving into a supervised dorm. He also was suspended for the first two games of the season.

Times correspondent Ira Schoffel contributed to this report.

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