Maryland basketball fans may have heard that Dalonte Hill will be taking some time away from the team. This announcement comes on the heels of the assistant coach's third arrest for DUI over the last five years. He is set to appear in court on Jan. 17, 2014 on the latest charge.
Recently, the Maryland assistant coach allegedly ran into a utility pole with his vehicle. A police officer that happened to be in the vicinity at the time claims to have witnessed this seemingly minor accident. Based on the officer's observations, she arrested Hill.
The officer claims to have smelled alcohol on Hill's breath and saw other "signs" that he may have been drinking prior to the accident. It was not reported if the officer administered field sobriety tests or a breath test at the time of his arrest. It is also not known whether a blood sample was taken to test his blood alcohol level. Hill has been charged with DUI and for not controlling his vehicle.
The disposition of his two prior DUI charges is not known. However, it will first be necessary for Maryland prosecutors to prove that Hill was intoxicated based upon relevant and competent evidence that is strictly related to this latest incident. Depending on these and other factors, it will surely be vital for Hill to thoroughly review all of the evidence and statements against him in order to determine what the best course of action may be for him and his family. The stakes are raised because of the man's position in the community and require that every reasonable effort be made to prote4ct the man's legal rights while fighting for a fair result that is in his best interests.
Source: CollegeBasketballTalk, Car crash led to DUI arrest for Maryland assistant Dalonte Hill, Raphielle Johnson, Oct. 23, 2013