Thursday, August 31, 2000

UC's Logan arrested for DUI

Point guard too young to drink legally

By Jeff Carlton
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        The University of Cincinnati will await the outcome of drunken-driving charges against basketball player Steve Logan before deciding whether to discipline him, a school spokesman said Wednesday.

        Logan was stopped by Cincinnati police early Wednesday morning. A breath test showed Logan's blood-alcohol level was .083. Though .10 is the level at which a person is considered impaired in Ohio, police said Logan, 20, was charged with driving under the influence because he is younger than the legal drinking age. The legal limit for underage drivers is .02. Logan faces a Sept.5 date in Hamilton County Municipal Court. He also was cited for an improper lane change, weaving and failing to wear his seat belt.

        “The athletic department will withhold action until the judicial process runs its course,” assistant athletic director Tom Hathaway said. “Right now, we're still obtaining all the facts.”

        The school has no policy regarding non-violent offenses, Hathaway said. If an athlete is charged with a violent crime, the athlete is suspended until the outcome of the case is decided.

        If he pleads guilty or is convicted, Logan probably will face three days in a driver's intervention program, a spokesman for the city prosecutor's office said. Fines could range from $250 to $1,000.

        Police reports say Logan was arrested just after 3a.m. Wednesday.

        UC coach Bob Huggins could not be reached for comment. He is in Hawaii working as an assistant coach for the USA Select team, which is helping the Olympic team tune up for Sydney.

        Logan began last season as the starting point guard and eventually became the team's sixth man. He started 22 games and led the team in 3-point field goal percentage.

        Logan is the latest UC basketball player to find himself in trouble with the law.

        Sophomore center B.J. Grove was arrested June 8 on domestic violence charges involving his then-pregnant girlfriend. Grove's girlfriend took the Fifth Amendment at the trial, and the judge dismissed the case.

        Sophomore forward Eugene Land was suspended for the fall quarter last year after he was charged with shoplifting.


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