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Posted: Friday, October 30, 2009 6:20 pm | Updated: 1:10 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

Former NFL and Arizona Cardinal running back Charles Levy has been terminated from his post as a volunteer assistant football coach at Chandler's Basha High School following two arrests earlier this month, a Chandler school official confirmed Friday.

Levy, 37, was arrested at Basha High School on Oct. 9 on an outstanding warrant for failing to appear in court and pay a fine from a 2008 arrest for driving on a suspended license. On Oct. 14, he was arrested again on suspicion of DUI, according to Sgt. Mark Marino, a Gilbert police spokesman.

Both of Levy's arrests were for offenses in Gilbert, Marino said.

Levy appeared in court on Oct. 9 and was ordered to pay $2,299 for the 2008 driving on a suspended license charge and a probation violation, according to a clerk at Gilbert Municipal Court. Levy paid $2,221 for the offense about two weeks later, the clerk said.

Levy, whose NFL career spanned three years - in 1994 with the Cardinals, and 1997 and 1998 with the San Francisco 49ers - volunteered as an unpaid assistant football coach at Basha High School during the 2008 football season and part of the 2009 season, up until his Oct. 14 arrest, according to Terry Locke, spokesman for Chandler Unified School District.

Levy's run-ins with the law go as far back as 15 years, according to court records, including a 2004 conviction for endangerment and DUI in Chandler, according to court records. For that offense, Levy was sentenced to 18 months probation and served two months in jail, according to court records.

It wasn't immediately known how Levy answered questions on his application form to serve as a volunteer offensive back coach for Basha, but Locke told the Tribune on Friday that the district screens volunteers and employees for serious offenses, such as crimes against children or offenses involving serious drugs.

"Without knowing all of the details, it was apparent that he (Levy) had some legal issues, and it was best that he no longer continue coaching so he could deal with them," Locke said.

Basha Athletic Director and assistant principal Brent Rincon could not be reached for comment.

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