A University of Montana football player faces a misdemeanor drunken driving charge after being stopped while allegedly speeding earlier this month.
William “Bo” Harris was driving a white 2001 Ford with the license plate GRIZ90 at 45 miles per hour in a 25 mph zone, according to the complaint.
A Missoula police officer stopped him at 1:56 a.m. April 14 near the intersection of California and South Third streets, according to the complaint.
Harris provided a breath test that registered 0.097 percent alcohol, according to the complaint. That’s over the legal driving limit of 0.02 percent for minors.
Harris also was cited for speeding and for drinking while under the age of 21. His next appearance in Missoula Municipal Court is set for May 21.
Harris, a redshirt freshman lineman from Fairfield who wears No. 90, has been sanctioned under the UM Student-Athlete Code of Conduct, senior associate athletic director Jean Gee said Thursday.
Privacy regulations forbid administrators from detailing the sanctions against a particular student or UM employee, Gee said, but the Student-Athlete Conduct Code is clear. Violations of the school’s alcohol policy, such as underage drinking, are classified as Category II violations and “are illegal and are prohibited at all times,” according to the code.
A first offense of a Category II violation brings a minimum of a one-game suspension, according to the code.
Meanwhile, a Griz coach also was sanctioned in connection with a weekend incident in which a window was broken in a downtown bar, according to UM officials. A player is being interviewed in connection with that same incident, but has not yet been sanctioned, Gee said.
Athletic director Kent Haslam, interviewed earlier this week about the incident, said that there’s “no doubt coaches are held to a much higher standard.” As for players and coaches alike, he said, “We have high expectations and we are not going to be afraid to hold them to high expectations.”
The incident occurred at 2:12 a.m. Sunday, according to the police report in the case. Although a suspect was identified, the business owner declined to press charges, so names were not released by Missoula police.