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Michigan football staffer to serve probation for drunk driving

An eight month probation will be served by Jim Minick, who works as Michigan University football operations director. He was arrested and charged with drunk driving. After he admitted to driving while intoxicated, the court suspended Minick's sentence.

The football ops director reportedly refused to take a breath test at the time of his arrest. Apparently, police determined that he was unable to perform a field sobriety test due to severe intoxication. In the immediate aftermath of his arrest, the Michigan football staffer was  suspended from his team duties. Arresting officers claim that the man nearly toppled over when he attempted to tie his shoelace at the scene.

Results from a blood test issued at the time of arrest showed a blood alcohol content level of .185. An update on the case stated that Michigan University employee has since taken appropriate steps to return to his position. Nevertheless, Coach Jim Harbaugh noted that the man still faces consequences within the football program as a result of his conviction. Minick declined to offer public comments when asked to do so at a June football camp.

The Michigan staff member issued an earlier public apology in May to both his family and his employer. In all cases involving suspected drunk driving, the person who stands accused has the right to seek legal consultation in order to determine what options might be available to him or her. A DUI conviction can lead to severe penalties. Therefore, it would most likely be prudent to act under the advice of a legal professional who has experience in cases that involve alcohol-related charges.

Source: USA Today, "Michigan football's Jim Minick struggled with sobriety tests", Mark Snyder, June 29, 2015

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