UCLA kicker suspended following DUI charge
LOS ANGELES -- UCLA football player Justin Medlock was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, the Los Angeles Daily News reported Sunday.
The Associated Press reported Medlock is also under investigation for felony hit-and-run after allegedly rolling a pickup truck on a Southern California freeway and leaving the scene of the accident, which also left a member of the school's women's golf team seriously injured, authorities said Sunday.
The 22-year-old junior place-kicker was suspended indefinitely from the football team and will not play Dec. 30 in the Vitalis Sun Bowl, coach Karl Dorrell said Sunday in a statement.
Medlock was driving a 1998 Toyota pickup on the San Diego Freeway in Inglewood about 3 a.m. Saturday with 20-year-old UCLA golfer Hannah Jun in the passenger seat when he hit a call box and the truck flipped over, Officer Tariq Johnson, a spokesman for the California Highway Patrol, said.
CHP officers found the truck with only Jun inside, and later found Medlock walking on an Inglewood street about a mile and a half from the scene, Johnson said.
Medlock was arrested Saturday for investigation of driving under the influence resulting in injuries, having a blood alcohol level above 0.8, and felony hit-and-run.
He was released Saturday morning after posting a $10,000 bond.
"I have met with Justin and informed him of my decision," Dorrell said of the suspension. "He understands the high standards with which we expect our players to represent the program and has always met those standards. Justin apologized to me and wanted me to express his apologies to his teammates."
The CHP said Jun was left with "major" spinal cord injuries, but the UCLA statement said she did not require surgery and was expected to make a full recovery.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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