Archive for Saturday, October 27, 2012

KU football player gets DUI diversion

October 27, 2012


A Kansas University football player has entered into a diversion agreement with city prosecutors on a drunken-driving charge.

Justin E. Carnes, a 21-year-old junior and a long snapper on the team, signed a diversion agreement Tuesday for his DUI arrest Aug. 25 in the 400 block of Missouri Street. As long as Carnes follows the terms of the diversion, which include obeying the law and refraining from alcohol or drug use, the charge will be dropped after a year.

Carnes is also responsible for paying about $1,000 in court costs and must undergo an alcohol evaluation.

Following the arrest, KU football coach Charlie Weis suspended Carnes for the first three games of the season. In April, Weis also suspended running back James Sims for three games after a drunken-driving arrest.


engagedecoy 5 years, 7 months ago

College Football players drinking and driving must be the new IN thing to do.

Terry Sexton 5 years, 7 months ago

It would have been ok if he was a defensive player. No worries about them hitting anything.


Rick Aldrich 5 years, 7 months ago

Just shows us again what money can buy you from the judicial system. I work with a person who got a DUI in Baldwin Ks. SALUTE! About 4 years ago and he still can get his license back until he buys an $800 breathalyzer. But then again he couldn't afford to buy a diversion. Drink and be Mary but have a fat bank account.

Anthony Mall 5 years, 7 months ago

The person you know is a repeat offender!!!! This kid has never been in trouble and diversion is common for first time offenders even without an attorney...

Jeremiah Jefferson 5 years, 7 months ago

First offense or not, If it was anyone else they would have lost their licence, 1 night stay in the drunk tank, payed 3 times as much in fines and had a breathalyzer installed on their car that they have to pay for out of their own pocket. Its only when you play for or work for KU are you allowed to drink and drive, smoke dope, assault people, sexually assault people, sell tickets illegally, that ought to cover it.

doc1 5 years, 7 months ago

Ron Burgandy is correct. If anything, there is less tolerance for an athlete. Not by much, but a good attitude and cooperation gets you a good chance of a Diversion.

Steve Jacob 5 years, 7 months ago

If your not a jerk during the arrest, and did not harm anyone, or damage anything, diversion is common. They are not so nice the second time.

shotgun 5 years, 7 months ago

Do they have a basketball diversion? You know cheaper? It is laughable how KU athletes are defended in this town. The DUI laws in Kansas are joke compared to other states. Hope none of you defenders ever me meet a drunk "head on".

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