University of Montana Grizzlies linebacker Brian Maus is back on the football team after pleading no contest Wednesday to an amended charge of negligent endangerment in a crash on Hillview Way.
Maus originally was charged with drunken driving and other misdemeanors after the accident on Feb. 26, when the Ford pickup he was driving rolled. He was immediately suspended from the team under the Student Athlete Code of Conduct.
“Brian has been reinstated to both the football and track teams,” UM interim athletic director Jean Gee said Wednesday. “He was withheld from both spring football and the track season while he worked through the legal issues. The Athletic Conduct Team within the Student Athlete Conduct Code felt those withholdings were sufficient for the offenses.”
Maus’ reinstatement to the team comes one day after starting quarterback Jordan Johnson was dismissed from the team after being charged in a rape case.
Maus’ attorney, Paul Ryan, has said that his client admitted having a couple of beers four or five hours before the accident, but wasn’t drunk.
Police said Maus gave them a false name and information after the February crash.
Ryan attributed that behavior to a concussion and slight skull fracture Maus suffered in the crash.
At Maus’ court hearing Wednesday, a charge of obstructing a police officer was amended to possessing fake identification. The court dismissed misdemeanor charges of careless driving, misrepresenting his age or producing false identification to purchase alcohol and failure to notify the Department of Motor Vehicles of an address change.
Maus received a one-year deferred sentence on the negligent endangerment charge, as well as a $1,000 fine, with $500 of that suspended.
He was ordered to pay a $500 fine for refusing to take a breath or alcohol test. The fake ID netted him six months in jail, all suspended, and a $500 fine with $400 suspended. And, he was ordered to pay a $100 fine on the charge of unlawfully possessing an intoxicating substance under the age of 21.
Maus also must pay $327 in surcharges and $50 for the cost of prosecution, and perform 40 hours of community service and complete a substance abuse course.
For his community service, Maus will visit every middle school and high school in Missoula County to talk about the dangers of underage drinking and driving, Ryan said. “I think there will be some benefit for the community,” he said.
The deferred sentence means Maus’ record will be wiped clean if he stays out of trouble for a year.
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