University of Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel was arrested Wednesday night in Boone County, Missouri, and charged with suspicion of driving while intoxicated.
He was taken to the Boone County Jail, where he posed for the mugshot shown here, and later released after posting a $500 bond.
According to the records, Pinkel was pulled over for lane and signal violations, and arrested around 10:15 p.m. near Columbia, Missouri. He was reportedly cooperative with the police and spent the night behind bars before posting his bail.
Although this is Pinkel’s first offense, the university has cracked down pretty hard by suspending him for one week without pay, and freezing his salary frozen for one year. He will also not be eligible for a bonus if the team reaches a bowl game and has stated that he will donate one week’s salary to the school’s Wellness Resource Center.
After posting his bond, Pinkel released the following statement regarding his arrest:
“First and foremost, I am very disappointed in myself for my lack of judgment in this instance… Nobody should drink and drive, including me. My staff and I constantly reinforce with each of our players the importance of not putting yourself into a position such as this. I did not follow that here and for that, I sincerely apologize to the University of Missouri, to our administration, to the Board of Curators and to our fans. I have already met with our staff and communicated with our players and have apologized to them. I accept full responsibility for my actions and will abide by whatever course of action our leadership deems appropriate.”
In addition to the disciplinary action taken by the university, Gary Pinkel must also complete 50 hours of community service by next summer.
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