Former IU guard pleas guilty to DUI charge


Then-senior guard Verdell Jones motions for a teammate to set a screen in the game against University of Indianapolis at Assembly Hall. Mark Felix Buy Photos

Verdell pleaded guilty to DUI after he was pulled over by an Illinois State trooper for speeding Sept. 2. He admitted to the officer he had been drinking and agreed to field sobriety tests and a breath test, according to the News-Gazette in Champaigne-Urbana, Ill. Verdell blew a blood alcohol level of 0.14 — almost twice the legal limit.

Verdell was reportedly cooperative at the time of the traffic stop.

The misdemeanor DUI offense will be removed from Verdell’s record as long as he remains offense-free until his court supervision is complete.

Champaign County Circuit Court Judge Mike Jones presided at the initial hearing in which Verdell pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Verdell had no additional offenses prior to the arrest. The judge approved the request of Verdell’s attorney, Craig Hunt of Rantoul, Ill., that Verdell be allowed to depart for Greece to begin employment.

As part of the sentence, Verdell will attend a victim impact panel and also be subject to a substance abuse evaluation in Illinois, according to the Gazette.

— Michael Majchrowicz

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