Duke AD hurt in boating accident; son charged

Updated: June 27, 2006, 4:26 PM ET
Associated Press

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Duke athletic director Joe Alleva injured his head during a boating accident on a lake north of Durham, and his son was charged in the wreck.

Joe Alleva
AP PHotoJoe Alleva got 42 stitches in his head as a result of the accident.

Joseph David "J.D." Alleva, 27, was charged with operating a boat while impaired Friday after the ski boat he was driving ran onto a pile of rocks at Hyco Lake.

Sgt. Tim Sasser of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission said Tuesday that J.D. Alleva refused to give officers a breath or blood sample, but three officers smelled alcohol on him several hours after the accident.

The boat was going about 18 mph or more in a no-wake zone when it hit the rocky bank of a canal on the lake, driving most of the boat out of the water and damaging its hull, Sasser said.

After the accident, the younger Alleva swam about three-quarters of a mile to the nearest lake house to use a telephone to call for help, Sasser said.

His father was treated at a a hospital, where he got 42 stitches to his head.

"The nurse counted 42 outside stitches in the middle of his forehead into the hairline. It was a curved cut that penetrated deep," Sasser said. "They did several inside stitches. He took a pretty good lick. I call that a severe injury."

In a statement issued Tuesday, Joe Alleva said he wasn't seriously injured and was back at work. He said the accident "occurred as we were trying to navigate our way back to shore in dark, rainy conditions." The statement did not mention the charge against J.D. Alleva.

Alcohol use has been a hot topic at Duke this spring. The school canceled the season of its nationally ranked men's lacrosse team after an exotic dancer told police she was raped by team members at a party in March. Three players were charged and face trials.

After the rape allegations, a university panel recommended that the lacrosse team be closely monitored because of a history of alcohol-related problems.

Earlier this month, basketball star J.J. Redick was arrested on charges of drunken driving in Durham County.

The younger Alleva played baseball at Duke from 1998-2001, the same year he was charged in Durham County with driving while impaired.


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