TUCSON - University of Arizona basketball player Hassan Adams was charged with driving under the influence early Sunday.
Athletic director Jim Livengood released a statement Sunday afternoon saying the school would have no comment until today.
The 21-year-old senior guard was stopped for speeding 10 miles over the speed limit around 12:25 a.m. near East Sixth Street and North Park Avenue, according to a Tucson Police Department press release.
The officer noticed “signs and symptoms” of alcohol consumption and a breath test found Adams’ blood alcohol content to be around 0.12, said Sgt. Decio Hopffer, a Tucson Police Department spokesman.
Adams was charged with driving under the influence with a blood alcohol content above 0.08, according to the press release. He was also cited for speeding, police said later.
Adams was driving a 2006 Chevrolet HHR, which was not his, Hopffer said.
He was accompanied by two men and one woman and Adams was released at the scene to the woman, who had not consumed alcohol, Hopffer said.
The two men were not Arizona basketball players, but Hopffer did not say whether the three were students, nor did he release their names.
A pretrial conference on the misdemeanor charge is scheduled for April 13.
This is Adams’ second involvement with police this season. He was cited for disorderly conduct on Dec. 10 when police say he repeatedly refused to obey an officer’s order to return to his apartment.
After meeting with Adams on the matter, UA coach Lute Olson said he believed Adams was innocent and took no disciplinary action.
“I think in this country that the legal system is you’re innocent until proven guilty, unless as an athlete,’’ Olson said then.