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KU kick returner Heaggans arrested on DUI charges

September 17, 2004

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A record-setting kick returner for Kansas University's football team wound up in legal trouble again early Thursday after being arrested on suspicion of drunken driving.

A Kansas Highway Patrol trooper arrested 21-year-old Greg Heaggans for driving under the influence after a traffic stop about 2:30 a.m. on West Sixth Street between Folks Road and Wakarusa Drive.

Heaggans later was booked into the Douglas County Jail, then released on $250 bond and ordered to appear Oct. 1 in District Court.

A KU spokesman said football coach Mark Mangino was aware of the situation but was still trying to get more details about what happened. Mangino declined to discuss the situation Thursday night on his weekly radio show.

Heaggans already is on diversion in municipal court in connection with a Nov. 19, 2003, theft of beer from a convenience store, city prosecutor Jerry Little said. Little's office agreed not to prosecute Heaggans on a count of misdemeanor theft as long as he met certain conditions, including following the law.

Prosecutors can file a motion to revoke the diversion even if Heaggans is not convicted of DUI. If convicted of the theft, he could face up to a year in jail and a $500 fine, Little said.

"I'll probably get the police reports, take a look at them and determine whether to file a motion to revoke diversion," Little said.

Heaggans hadn't been formally charged with DUI Thursday. Dist. Atty. Christine Kenney said her office would review police reports and make a decision about charges before Heaggans' Oct. 1 court date.

Heaggans is a graduate of Schlagle High in Kansas City, Kan. He owns KU's single-season, single-game and career records for kick-return yardage. Through two games he was leading the Big 12 Conference with an average of 33.2 yards per return.

6 News reporter/anchor Janet Reid contributed to this article.

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