Posted: 8:17 am Tuesday, December 1st, 2009
By Post Staff
Florida junior defensive end Carlos Dunlap, considered a team leader and a top-15 NFL Draft pick should he decide to leave school early, was arrested for DUI around 3:30 this morning, Gainesville police spokesman Keith Kameg confirmed.
Dunlap, the Defensive MVP of last year’s BCS Championship Game, was found asleep at the wheel in his 2000 red Chrysler at the 200 block of SW 34th Street in Gainesville. Kameg said Dunlap, 20, was slumped over the steering wheel, and sat stationary at a traffic light through several light cycles.
Kameg said officers were able to wake Dunlap up, but “he would only open his eyes momentarily and then nod back off.” Kameg said the officers were able to put the car in park and turn off the car.
Kameg said Dunlap was groggy and had difficulty speaking and listening. Kameg said Dunlap showed “obvious signs of impairment,” including the smell of alcohol and watery eyes. Kameg said Dunlap refused a breathalyzer test and performed poorly in field sobriety tests. Dunlap was transported to Alachua County Jail.
The timing of Dunlap’s arrest could not be worse, as the No. 1 Gators face No. 2 Alabama this weekend in the SEC Championship Game, with a spot in the national title game at stake.
Florida spokesman Steve McClain released a statement: “We are aware of the incident and are currently gathering more information.” Meyer will address the media after practice around 6 p.m.