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DUII charge against Ducks D-lineman dropped

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Indefinitely suspended for driving under the influence of intoxicants nearly two weeks ago, Oregon defensive lineman Isaac Remington has had his charge dropped by prosecutors, according to the Eugene Register-Guard.

“Evidence of whether or not his mental or physical faculties were adversely affected to a noticeable or perceptible degree cannot be proven beyond a reasonable doubt,” Prosecutor Dan Barkovic said.

Remington was stopped near campus on Oct. 12 by police for an “unspecified violation” and was subjected to field-sobriety tests. The senior registered a 0.06 percent blood-alcohol content — the legal limit is .08, although a person may be cited if an officer determines alcohol contributed to impaired driving — and was taken into custody (but not jailed), issued a citation and allowed to make a phone call for a ride home.

Remington, who has started six games on the season, did not play in last week’s win over Arizona State.

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14 Responses to “DUII charge against Ducks D-lineman dropped”
  1. blitz4848 says: Oct 23, 2012 8:35 PM

    Everyone in the prosectors office was seen the following day dressed out in NIKE gear from head to toe……Coincidence??? Probably!!!

  2. duklover says: Oct 23, 2012 9:13 PM

    Sounds like a shaky arrest at best. Sooner later you would think these athletes would wise up, and watch their step. Not!

  3. swu32733 says: Oct 23, 2012 10:08 PM

    Sounds like it went into the same file as the NCAA investigation. Nike U wins another one.

  4. swu32733 says: Oct 23, 2012 10:14 PM

    Sounds like this went into the same file 13 as the NCAA investigation of the &;/-ucks. Score another win for Nike U.

  5. th56 says: Oct 23, 2012 11:27 PM

    Hey Swu, you sound like a beat down Husky fan. Also, since you obviously never read the details, he broke no law and was never arrested. Sounds like a one game suspension was pretty strict.

  6. thekatman says: Oct 23, 2012 11:37 PM

    Everyone knows that Eugene PD turns a blind eye to any illegal issues that arise from out of control football players. So this is no different from historical evidence.

  7. Tim's Neighbor says: Oct 24, 2012 12:25 AM

    Odd that the officer brought him in with a .06. Must have been pretty concerned about the dude’s well-being to have brought him in.

  8. th56 says: Oct 24, 2012 12:45 AM

    thekatman says:
    Oct 23, 2012 11:37 PM
    Everyone knows that Eugene PD turns a blind eye to any illegal issues that arise from out of control football players. So this is no different from historical evidence.

    Seriously? You have historical evidence? I think the evidence is quite the opposite.

  9. crazyfootballfun says: Oct 24, 2012 2:14 AM

    Give me a break…he passed a field sobriety test and his limit was .06. He probably was mouthing off and the cop decided to teach him a lesson. Rarely are you charged in situations like this, and Husky fans…go away. If the cops were turning a blind eye, there would never have been any charges. And how many people do you know who have been charged when their alcohol level is BELOW the legal limit and they PASS a field sobriety test. something else was clearly going on.

  10. crazyfootballfun says: Oct 24, 2012 3:16 AM

    ok additional info in from local paper. he was stopped because a cop saw 3 20ish somethings get in the car he was driving and Remington made one of the guys leave his open container beer out of the car–the guy put the whole can on the sidewalk, and OMG, the cop saw the littering and stopped them. Said that Remington smelled like alcohol and had red eyes. Wow, just awful. Look, am not condoning drinking and driving, and frankly, i think people should have zero alcohol before driving, but lets’s not get carried away here.

  11. manchestermiracle says: Oct 24, 2012 10:42 AM

    Regardless of the BAC he blew there are no ordinary citizens who get driven to the police station (rather than jail) and get to make a phone call for a ride home.

    The newspaper article I read said Remington failed a field sobriety test, so the prosecutor is contradicting the officer’s report. If it sounds like a duck, walks like a duck….Then it must be a Duck!

  12. pjduffey says: Oct 24, 2012 11:21 AM


    Seriously? I’m no particular fan of Oregon (though I think they look great this year), but you managed to string together a serious of just idiotic statements.

    First of all, in the VAST majority of states, if you pass the breathalyzer and a field sobriety test, you are simply not going to be taken into custody.

    Second, for offenses like this the police station is the jail. I’m not sure why the article even tries to make a distinction. Nobody gets driven to county lockup for a DUI. And EVERYBODY gets to make a phone call. Jesus, even Law & Order gets that one right.

    Third, he didn’t “fail” the field sobriety test, he lost his balance twice. Try doing a field sobriety test at 4 in the afternoon dead sober–unless you are a gymnast, you will probably lose your balance at least once.

    And Chip Kelly handled it exactly the right way: indefinite suspension until the facts were determined.

  13. manchestermiracle says: Oct 25, 2012 10:40 AM


    Sorry, you need to do some up-to-date reading of state laws regarding intoxicated driving.

    1) In Oregon and many other states, a person is presumed to be intoxicated if their BAC is 0.08 or greater. However, a person may be arrested on a DUII charge even if their BAC is lower than the presumed level of intoxication, if an officer determines that alcohol consumption has contributed to impaired driving.

    2) Not all police stations have jails, particularly smaller stations. Rather than take Remington to jail, the officer transported him to the Eugene Police Department. Remington was issued a citation and allowed to make a phone call to arrange a ride home. The vast majority of regular joes arrested for suspicion of DUII go to jail for processing. They may or may not get the chance of an immediate hearing (depending again on the size of the town) and be able to post bail. Most spend the night in jail. The phone call? Yeah, most call someone trusted in order to have them arrange an attorney, call their work for them to let them know they won’t be there, etc. Remington’s call was for a ride home.

    3) The traffic stop and arrest took place after midnight, not 4 pm. Whether or not a suspect blows a .08 or not, it is up to the officer’s judgment as to whether the suspect is considered to be under the influence (alcohol or other drug). Losing your balance a couple of times is a pretty good indication you ain’t sober. And I have done a field sobriety test or two (youthful indiscretions and all) and passed without any issues. No, I’m not a gymnast.

    4) I made no mention of the way the HC handled the situation, but since you chose to mention it as if I had gotten that wrong, too: When one of your players generates enough police interest to get cuffs put on and taken to the PD you aren’t doing him or the public image of your team any favors by taking the easy way out. Just because authorities choose not to take further action is hardly a good excuse to immediately reinstate said player. What that says to me is, “Don’t do anything wrong, but if you do don’t get caught.” Kelly had a chance to make it crystal clear this kind of behavior wouldn’t be tolerated by sitting this kid for a game. He whiffed.

  14. crazyfootballfun says: Oct 25, 2012 1:37 PM

    Manchester…Remington missed a game. He paid for his bad judgement. Now, you want him to keep paying after the charges were dropped and accusing Kelly of whiffing. Kelly is tough on the kids, but he also feels that when the charges are dropped, the punishment should not go on and on and on. Just how would that be judged? How many games should one miss after being cleared? 1, 2, 5? Not so easy, is it? His policy is that while being charged, you are suspended. After getting cleared, you are reinstated. Does not seem like a whiff to me.

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