A Griz linebacker who was arrested over the summer for drunken driving — and had a blood-alcohol test that showed more than 2 ½ times the legal limit — pleaded guilty Friday in Missoula Municipal Court.
Connor Strahm was sentenced to six months in jail, all but two days of which was suspended, after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor for driving under the influence. Judge Kathleen Jenks’ sentence allowed Strahm to complete the two imposed days of jail time through the work-release program. Strahm also was fined $1,000, half of which was suspended because he has already completed a course on substance abuse prevention.
Strahm was pulled over in July near the intersection of Broadway and Madison Street around 1 a.m. for driving without his headlights on, according to an affidavit from Missoula Police Department. While being pulled over, Strahm hit the curb, and the officer noted the scent of alcohol from inside the vehicle. The officer also saw a can of Coors Light inside the center cupholder.
Strahm performed poorly on a field sobriety test, and showed a blood-alcohol level of 0.214 on a breath test, according to his citation. Someone with a limit of 0.08 or beyond is considered too intoxicated to drive.
After being charged, the linebacker was suspended for the first two games of the season — more than the minimum required under the student-athlete code of conduct — with then-coach Bob Stitt calling the arrest a “big time distraction.” Strahm played his senior year this season.