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UT punter charged with DUI, leaving scene of accident

News Sentinel staff

Originally published 03:56 p.m., February 17, 2008

Updated 03:56 p.m., February 17, 2008

Britton Colquitt, a punter on the University of Tennessee football team, was arrested on charges of driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident early this morning.

According to the Knox County Judicial Commissioner's Office, Colquitt, 22, hit a parked Ford Focus on Jackson Avenue near Humes Street at 2:56 a.m. today while driving a 1998 Jeep Cherokee, then fled the scene.

The Knoxville Police Department stopped Colquitt on Gill Avenue near Gratz Street. He admitted to having two beers, three mixed drinks, hitting the car and a tree stump, according to police records.

The accident caused more than $400 in damage, records state.

Police said Colquitt had a "strong odor of alcohol," bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and staggered when he walked. He fared poorly on a field sobriety test and refused a chemical test, which can be a breath or blood test, according to the Judicial Commissioner's Office.

Colquitt made bond at 9 a.m. this morning and has his initial hearing, or bonded arraignment, at 10 a.m. March 5 in Knox County General Sessions Court.

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UGA_DAWG46 (2/17/2008)
Phil Fulmer is not discipline his kid well. He wants to win. The will to win will hurt the characters of the players. So when do the NCAA step in. Thats like what 5 or 6 arrest in the spand of 1 and half month. Thats 1 arrest per week.

It's been 7 arrests in a short period of time.

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After another weekend and another off-the-field incident involving a Tennessee football player, head coach Phillip Fulmer has moved quickly in suspending punter Britton Colquitt for five games and taking his scholarship away.

University of Tennessee Head Football Coach Phillip Fulmer announced Sunday that senior punter Britton Colquitt will be suspended for the first five games of the season for a violation of team rules.

"I'm very disappointed that Britton doesn't appreciate the blessings he has been given from his family and his team," said Fulmer. "Along with the five game suspension, I am taking his scholarship away and he will be required to undergo alcohol counseling as well as other internal punishments."

Colquitt was arrested on charges of driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident early Sunday morning.

This is not Colquitt's first issues with alcohol. Colquitt was arrested in March of 2004 and was issued a citation for underage consummation. Fulmer suspended Colquitt then. Colquitt had at least four alcohol related incidents involving police from the time of his arrival in August of 2003 till August of 2004.

According to the report, Colquitt hit a parked car on Jackson Avenue at 2:50am, when a call was put out searching for Colquitt's car.

Colquitt was pulled over at 3:40am on Gill Avenue where he was "unsteady" on his feet and admitted to officers that he had consumed 2 beers and 3 mixed drinks.

Colquitt was arrested and released on bond at 9am Sunday morning.

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