AUSTIN, TEXAS (AP) - University of Texas head baseball coach Augie Garrido has beensuspended indefinitely after he was arrested for driving drunk.Garrido was pulled over at 1 a.m. Saturday for driving his PorscheSUV down West 6th Street with the headlights off.
According to his arrest affidavit, Garrido smelled strongly ofalcohol. He had bloodshot eyes, slurred speech, and had troublestanding. The report said Garrido told the officer he was drunk anddowned five glasses of wine. The coach then failed a field sobrietytest.
A statement released today from Texas Men’s AthleticsDirector DeLoss Dodds regarding Texas Baseball Coach Augie Garridosaid the suspension, with pay, is pending until further informationcan be gathered.
Dodds said, "This is a difficult and regrettable situation thatwe are taking very seriously. I spoke with Coach Garrido andhe’s devastated and realizes he made a serious mistake. Hedeeply regrets putting the university in this position and will actquickly to do what’s right.”
There is no word on what Garrido’s actions will be, but UTfans at Third Base sports bar hope the coach who has lead teams tofive national titles is not out on the first strike.
“It's an unfortunate situation,” said devoted UTbaseball fan Michael Yockey. “He's a great coach, and he madea mistake and people make mistakes.”
The arrest report noted that Garrido was cooperative withpolice. He was released from the Travis County jail on bondSaturday. “Everybody deserves at least a secondchance,” said UT baseball fan Sandy Andrews. “Butthat's the university's decision that they have to make,fortunately, I'm not the one who has to make thatdecision.”
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