Brent pleads not guilty to charges

Updated: February 23, 2009, 4:43 PM ET
Associated Press

URBANA, Ill. -- Illinois defensive tackle Josh Brent has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges of driving under the influence and driving on a suspended license.

Brent's appearance in court Monday came after his Saturday arrest prompted Illinois coach Ron Zook to suspend the 21-year-old from the team indefinitely.

Brent played in 10 games last fall as a sophomore. He had 34 tackles, 8 tackles for loss and 1 sacks.

The Champaign County state's attorney's office says police on Saturday also discovered a warrant for Brent's arrest for failing to appear in a Livingston County court on an earlier charge of driving on a suspended license.

Prosecutors say Brent's blood alcohol level Saturday was .114 -- well over the .08 legal limit.

Brent's next court date in Champaign County is April 30. He's also due in a Livingston County courtroom on March 23.


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