A senior basketball player from High Park High School was reportedly arrested on Saturday night on a DWI charge. According to police, the 18-year-old male stuck a parked car, causing over $200 worth of damage.
Sources said the young man's blood alcohol content was .11 at the time of the arrest, as measured by a breathalyzer. The legal limit in Texas is .08.
As a result of the incident, the young man-a leading scorer on the team-was suspended from playing in a bi-district game on Tuesday, as required by the High School's code of conduct. It isn't clear at this point how long he will remain suspended from the team.
Under the Highland Park Extracurricular Code of Conduct, a first offender for underage alcohol consumption must serve a suspension with a minimum of one week or 10 percent of the season and a maximum of three weeks or 30 percent of the season.
While it is unfortunate that the young man in this case is unable to play basketball until his suspension is lifted, it is even more unfortunate what could happen to his criminal record as a result of a DWI conviction. Many times first time offenders are given the opportunity to have charges dismissed if they comply with certain conditions set by prosecutors, and this is an important opportunity for some, especially those who simply had an occasion of poor judgment.
DWI charges are nothing to mess around with, and anybody facing them should consult an attorney to ensure their rights are protected and they are informed about all the options on the table.
Source: ESPN, "Highland Park suspends top scorer after arrest," Travis L. Brown, February 21, 2012.