Dunlap pleads guilty to DUI charge, gets probation

Published: Friday, January 29, 2010 at 11:17 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 29, 2010 at 11:17 a.m.

Former Florida defensive end Carlos Dunlap entered a guilty plea Friday following a December arrest for driving under the influence.

Dunlap, 20, received the minimum mandatory sentence for a first-time DUI offense with six months probation and a six-month driver's license suspension, said Spencer Mann with the State Attorney's Office. He also must complete 50 hours of community service, participate in a victim's impact panel and pay about $1,000 in fines and court costs.

Dunlap was arrested Dec. 1 and suspended afterward, causing him to miss playing in Florida's 32-13 loss to Alabama in the SEC Championship Game. He was later reinstated to play in the Sugar Bowl against Cincinnati.

Police reported that Dunlap was found apparently asleep while at the wheel of a vehicle that was stopped at a traffic light at Southwest Second Avenue and Southwest 34th Street at 3:25 a.m. An officer said the light cycle went through several times but the car remained stopped. Officers said they weren't able to wake Dunlap up and his breath smelled of alcohol. He had trouble maintaining his balance and did poorly on field sobriety tests. He refused to submit to a breath test.

Dunlap, a 6-foot-6, 290-pound junior, is considered a potential NFL first-round draft choice. He had 38 tackles, including 10 tackles for loss, and led the team with nine sacks.

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