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Friday, November 18, 2011

Missouri coach Gary Pinkel pleads guilty to DWI

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Boone County Sheriff's Department

Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel was arrested on Nov. 16, 2011, on suspicion of drunk driving.

— Suspended Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of drunken driving.

Boone County court records show that Pinkel was charged on Friday and pleaded guilty the same day. He was arrested in Columbia on Wednesday night and suspended without pay the next day for the final home game of the season.

Pinkel will likely receive a 30-day suspended sentence and two years of unsupervised probation, according to court records. He is scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 13.

Pinkel will not coach Saturday's game against Texas Tech but can return for the final regular season game against Kansas at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City.

He'll also lose $306,000 in penalties should Missouri (5-5) earn a bowl game bid and more than $230,000 if they do not.

Comments

Stephan123 10 years, 6 months ago

Incredible that a significant community figure would act in such an irresponsible manner. He could have killed someone.

ahpersecoachingexperience 10 years, 6 months ago

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tahawk81 10 years, 6 months ago

Has anyone heard from a good source what his BAC was? Ive heard from Mizzou fans it was .09. But I have also heard he refused to blow in the device when he was pulled over. Just curious what the actual facts were. If it was .09 that is to bad.

phi4life940 10 years, 6 months ago

Doesn't matter if it was .09 or .19. He shouldn't have been driving and he knows it. Legal limit is .08. Period.

tahawk81 10 years, 6 months ago

There is a big difference between fall down drunk and having a few glasses of wine with some friends in town and getting behind the wheel. Exlamation Point

LAJayhawk 10 years, 6 months ago

The Missouri statute states that any person driving on the roads is deemed to have given implied consent to be subjected to chemical tests on breath, blood, urine or saliva. Refusing such a test would generally result in immediate suspension of his license for 1 full year under the current Missouri law, and can be used as evidence against him in court (obviously he pleaded guilty, so the second point is somewhat moot). I have no idea if he refused the breathalyser or not, but it's not a good idea to do so.

http://www.moga.mo.gov/statutes/C500-599/5770000041.HTM

KState_Wildcats 10 years, 6 months ago

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DXJhawk 10 years, 6 months ago

At least he acknowledged the mistake and plead guilty right away and didn't waste anyone's time trying to fight it.

Kc Ticketguy 10 years, 6 months ago

Not sure if you all know but I'm an attorney and I do DUI work. I really can't believe how fast this was handled. To get charged that fast and plea to it that quick is just amazing. I really can't believe that it went through this quick. I really would like to meet the attorney that handled this case, I can't image even being able to get the discovery from the prosecutor that fast...I wonder if he did a field sobriety test, or what his BAC level was?

For him to plea to it this fast under the advise of an attorney it must have just been a slam shut locked up case. They must have had some serious evidence against him. Blood test with a DVD of a failed sobriety check.

I have never had anyone plea that fast and I don't know anyone else who has either.

LAJayhawk 10 years, 6 months ago

I was rather surprised by the speed as well.

kc_wildfire 10 years, 6 months ago

See DXJhawk's comment above.

He knew he was wrong, admitted to it and wanted to get it over and done with. In that sense I admire him. On the other hand...drinking and driving is a serious offense and I don't think a one game suspension was enough of a punishment. Forget the money, he can handle a potential 13% pay cut with the salary he is making. I think he should have been suspended for at least two games, just like his players were for the same offense.

CloveK 10 years, 6 months ago

Remember, its not a pay cut. He is just not getting any potential raises. I agree 100% that it should be a two game suspension.

LAJayhawk 10 years, 6 months ago

The act is what triggered the loss of the raise, contractually. If the act would not have been committed (assuming no other actions contractually considered immoral), he would be receiving the money. So, you are really just arguing semantics about not calling it a "pay cut."

No, his salary is not being cut, but he is losing money he would have otherwise received had he not committed the DUI. You can split hairs about whatever you want to call it, but the school is not giving him between $230,000 and $306,000 -- depending on bowl eligibility -- that he would have been his otherwise.

Calling it a "pay cut," in my eyes, doesn't make it appear worse than it is. It's just a different -- slightly less accurate -- way of phrasing it.

Steve Quatrocky 10 years, 6 months ago

According to the Sheriffs "Probable Cause Statement"/booking report I read on the Star's website: http://media.kansascity.com/smedia/2011/11/18/12/58/lX8a4.So.81.pdf

He was transported to the Hospital for a blood test. I assume that means he refused a breathalyzer? It doesnt say what his level was but after travelling to the hospital, I expect it was much lower than at the time of his arrest. Especially after reading the description of his driving behavior and field sobriety tests.

Kc Ticketguy 10 years, 6 months ago

It really depends on the terminology. When you are getting a dui they can administer several tests including a breath test (usually with an intoxilizor 8000), or they can actually draw blood, or even urine. People often call a breath test a blood test even though no blood is drawn because they are are supposedly measuring the alcohol in your blood. I haven't read the sheriffs report but if it said the were taking him back to the sheriffs office then they gave him a breath test. Blood tests are administered at a hospital. Blood tests are far better evidence than breath tests. So if we can conclude he only had a breath test it is even more of a mystery why he pled to the charges so fast

JayHawkFanToo 10 years, 6 months ago

The Intoxilyzer 8000 is under heavy attack for having problems. Several states are dismissing cases where it was utilized. One of the local TV station had a story about on the news last evening.

Kc Ticketguy 10 years, 6 months ago

Oh your spot on..Which make me further wonder. How bad was Pinkle? With all this new stuff coming out on the Intox 8000 and so much room for error, and its pretty apparent they didn't do a blood test...why did he plea it so fast?

Cyndy Moneymaker 10 years, 6 months ago

You can read the arrest report and see the dash cam video online. Pretty sure he entered a guilty plea to avoid the BAC from becoming public record.

John Randall 10 years, 6 months ago

Do you suppose the Boone County legal apparatus might have been prodded a bit by local sentiment to get this over with and swept away?

JhawkalumJB 10 years, 6 months ago

I wanna hear this cheer at the Border War.

Drinkel.. clap, clap, clap, Drinkel, clap, clap, clap...

Not terribly original, I know.

Any other ideas out there?

LAJayhawk 10 years, 6 months ago

M-I-Z! D-U-I! is the popular one at the moment.

KGPhoto had a great idea yesterday: fans should create a giant picture of Pinkel's mugshot similar to the John Brown photo at the basketball game in 2009...

The Jayhawk student section displays an enlarged and modified version of artist John Steuart Curry's "Tragic Prelude" painting, which features abolitionist John Brown holding a rifle, and in this case the 2008 National Championship trophy.

The Jayhawk student section displays an enlarged and modified version of artist John Steuart Curry's "Tragic Prelude" painting, which features abolitionist John Brown holding a rifle, and in this case the 2008 National Championship trophy. by Nick Krug

JhawkalumJB 10 years, 6 months ago

Not sure the John Brown one works, he's a Kansas legend. Unless maybe he's holding a bottle of whiskey in one hand and Drinkel's mug shot in the other. That might work...

LAJayhawk 10 years, 6 months ago

The John Brown picture is just a reference as to what the Pinkel mugshot poster should look like. John Brown would not actually be involved... accept in spirit.

Benjamin Piehler 10 years, 6 months ago

I do know that we'll be hearing "SEC SEC..."

Geekinout 10 years, 6 months ago

Humans make mistakes. Going to rise above and be classier than the typical Mizzou fan on this issue :)

hyperinflate 10 years, 6 months ago

Living in Kansas elevates us above the typical Mizzou fan (on every issue).

Kc Ticketguy 10 years, 6 months ago

Oh your spot on..Which make me further wonder. How bad was Pinkle? With all this new stuff coming out on the Intox 8000 and so much room for error, and its pretty apparent they didn't do a blood test...why did he plea it so fast?

Cyndy Moneymaker 10 years, 6 months ago

The arrest report says blood was taken at the hospital before he was taken to jail and booked. Pretty sure the quick plea was to keep the BAC from becoming public record.

ZDKC 10 years, 6 months ago

It's pretty evident by the dashcam footage that he's had quite a few to drink. Think of it this way, how many drinks does it take to forget the alphabet?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmmFA2Zlhvc

theoljhawk 10 years, 6 months ago

I wonder if he had any previous infractions for there to be something that specific for penalties in his contract?

Kc Ticketguy 10 years, 6 months ago

Was Gary Pinkle drunk? Here is the dash cam video from his arrest and an explanation of the field sobriety tests. You be the Judge.

http://blog.kcticketguy.com/2011/11/how-drunk-was-gary-pinkle-view-dui.html

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