UCLA's kicker pleads not guilty to DUI charges

Updated: January 3, 2006, 10:16 PM ET
Associated Press

INGLEWOOD, Calif. -- UCLA place-kicker Justin Medlock pleaded not guilty Tuesday to drunken driving charges in connection with an accident last month that seriously injured a female member of the university's golf team.

Medlock, 22, was charged with one felony count each of driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury and driving with .08 percent blood alcohol causing injury. Each count alleged that Medlock had caused great bodily injury to 20-year-old Hannah Jun, a passenger in the vehicle.

Jun's injuries included a fractured vertebra in her neck, the district attorney's office said. Jun was hospitalized for a week and is expected to make a full recovery, said UCLA spokesman Marc Dellins.

"This case in the end should be less than a felony," Medlock's attorney Milton Grimes said in an interview. "When all of the evidence in this case comes out, I still believe with what I do know, that his conduct was not felonious."

Medlock remains free on $10,000 bail. He was scheduled to return to court Feb. 10 for the setting of a preliminary hearing date.

California Highway Patrol officers said Medlock was driving a 1998 Toyota pickup on the San Diego Freeway about 3 a.m. on Dec. 10 when he struck a call box and the truck flipped over.

CHP officers found the truck with only Jun inside and Medlock was later found walking on an Inglewood street about 1½ miles from the scene.

Medlock originally was arrested for investigation of felony hit-and-run, but prosecutors declined to bring that charge against him.

After Medlock's arrest, UCLA coach Karl Dorrell suspended him indefinitely from the team and Medlock missed the Bruins' 50-38 win Friday over Northwestern in the Sun Bowl.

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