University of Montana football player J.D. Quinn resolved a pair of drunken driving charges Friday in Missoula Municipal Court and will likely play ball in the fall.
"At this point, that decision will be left up to Coach (Bobby) Hauck, but I would say that it appears very positive in light of the latest information that we've received," said Jim O'Day, UM's athletic director. "We hope that J.D. has learned a valuable lesson from this and will make better choices in his decision making from this point forward."
Quinn, 22, whose full name is James David Quinn, was arrested last July on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. Deputy Missoula City Attorney Andrew Scott amended that charge on Friday, and Quinn pleaded guilty to per se drunken driving, wherein a defendant admits to driving with a blood alcohol content greater than 0.08, which is against the law in Montana, but does not admit to driving while intoxicated.
The offensive lineman also appeared on a second set of charges that arose on May 22, when Quinn was arrested in downtown Missoula on suspicion of drunken driving. He also was cited for a mudflap violation and an improper lane change. Scott dismissed the DUI charge and Quinn pleaded no contest to the mudflap violation.
The court sentenced Quinn to 10 days in jail, with all time suspended, and ordered him to complete an alcohol dependency program. Quinn also must speak to students at each of Missoula's public high schools about the dangers of drinking and driving.
In a statement released Friday, Quinn's attorney, Paul Ryan, said that his client "recognizes that it is a privilege to be a scholarship athlete at the University of Montana and he is committed to living up to the standards that are expected of him."