That poor choice of words was allegedly uttered by Pitt RB Jason Douglas, the latest Panther to run afoul of the law after a hit-and-run that also left him with DUI, aggravated assault, and underage drinking charges early Sunday morning in the South Side.
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That sounds pretty bad, for both Douglas and the victim. But what about that soon-to-be infamous quote?
Mr. Douglas was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a vehicle while DUI and being involved in an accident that resulted in personal injury, as well as a misdemeanor charge of driving while under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance and a summary underage drinking charge. Mr. Douglas, 19, is free on $500 bond, pending a preliminary hearing at 8 a.m. Thursday. According to court records, Mr. Douglas, a redshirt freshman from Opa-locka, Fla., was arrested after police were called to the scene of an accident at 1:41 a.m. at East Carson and 22nd streets. The victim, Christopher Paul, suffered head and neck injuries. Police found him lying in the street, and paramedics drove him to UPMC Presbyterian where he was in serious condition Sunday.
Police said he was slow to comply with their orders to exit the vehicle, and when he spoke without prompting, he said, "Hey, I play for Pitt football. Please, don't arrest me," according to the affidavit that supports his arrest.
For those of you scoring at home, Douglas' blood-alcohol level was 0.178, which is more than twice the legal limit to drive in PA. According to the police report, Douglas was so wasted that that an officer had to hold him up by the arm after he exited his vehicle. That certainly doesn't like someone I'd want behind the wheel of a car.
The only good news in the story is that Douglas didn't inflict any harm on himself or his passenger, Pitt LB Dan Mason. Although an obvious question would be the condition and/or judgment of Mason to get in the car with a person blowing a 0.178 on the breathalyzer.
Douglas, a sophomore who had three carries for eight yards and caught one pass against New Hampshire, has been suspended indefinitely by the Panthers. The 5'7", 170-pound backup tailback and kick returner had played in both Pitt games in the 2010 season, fumbling a kickoff against Utah.
This is the second highly-publicized incident for the Pitt program since July, when Jabaal Sheard threw a man through a glass door of a South Side gallery and eventually pleaded guilty to a summary charge of disorderly conduct. I don't know about you, but if I were a Pitt player, I'm pretty sure I'd steer clear of the South Side at this point in time and in the foreseeable future.