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Chow suspends UH punter after DUI no-contest plea

By Stephen Tsai

LAST UPDATED: 12:12 p.m. HST, Aug 03, 2012

University of Hawaii punter Alex Dunnachie was suspended today for an indefinite number of football games, hours after he pleaded no contest to a drunken driving charge in Honolulu District Court.

UH head coach Norm Chow announced the suspension today but said Dunnachie will be allowed to participate in training camp which started this week. Dunnachie, who is the team's only punter, will re-join the team Monday.

"I have to rebuild that relationship with the coaches and the rest of my teammates and show I'm worthy of being back on the team," he said today before Chow announced his punishment.

He is scheduled to be sentenced on the DUI charge on Aug. 24. He was also cited for driving without a license and without a valid safety check. 

Dunnachie, 21, was arrested July 7 at 2:30 a.m. on Piikoi Street on suspicion of drunken driving. He said today he does have a license but he did not have it with him when he was pulled over.

Dunnachie, who has NFL aspirations and is one of UH's top pro prospects this season, was held out of Thursday's opening practice.

He said he met with the team last month and apologized for the incident, the third by a UH football player since March.

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bobbob wrote:
finally decides to take the high road. better late than never!
on August 3,2012 | 09:44AM
allie wrote:
so sorry for his mom
on August 3,2012 | 02:11PM
grantos wrote:
why are you sorry? again, your comments contribute nothing to the discussion
on August 3,2012 | 04:12PM
EMS wrote:
I know what you mean.....I feel sorry for your mom too.
on August 3,2012 | 08:22PM
Mallory wrote:
wow DUI driving without a license non-valid safety check Interesting to see the sentence compared to the rest of us non-athletes
on August 3,2012 | 10:03AM
olos73 wrote:
Gee, 3 strikes you're out...Excuse #1- I didn't know I'm not supposed to drive when I'm drunk. Excuse #2-I didn't know I'm supposed to have my license with me when I drive. Excuse #3-I didn't know I'm supposed to have a valid safety check for my car.
on August 3,2012 | 11:26AM
GorillaSmith wrote:
Finally? Did Dunnachie have an earlier court date when he could have entered a plea? I didn't see any mention of that in the article. In any case, here's hoping that the punishment fits the crime.
on August 3,2012 | 10:07AM
bobbob wrote:
Try read about the article where the lawyer was trying to use a loophole to fight the suspension.
on August 3,2012 | 04:55PM
Anonymous wrote:
Drunken driving should not be tolerated especially because of the culture within the college scene. He should be kicked off the squad pro prospect or not. Those other players also should be kicked off the squad if they are found to be guilty of the offense or give a no contest.
on August 3,2012 | 10:26AM
dsl wrote:
Everybody deserves a second chance. Have them do community service and become a voice for MADD.
on August 3,2012 | 10:44AM
thanks4reading wrote:
When you agree to accept a scholarship, you agree to a standard of conduct. Break the required conduct should result in the scholarship being voided. There should be zero second chances for behavior that puts others at risk.
on August 3,2012 | 02:20PM
too late DSL, no second chance when you kill/mame someone..............Colt Brennan, chapter 2 verse Kona............remember?
on August 3,2012 | 05:56PM
BH1 wrote:
King crabbe... You are ridiculous. What part about Colt Brennan NOT being the driver in the big island accident don't you understand?? Has it been proven that his girlfriend was drunk? It's quite obvious that you are the one who does not REMEMBER.
on August 3,2012 | 08:01PM
leoscott wrote:
Why can’t these athlete have some common sense and not drink and drive? Why even take a chance?
on August 3,2012 | 10:31AM
busterb wrote:
Why can't most of America? No worry though, the rail going fix all the drunk driving problems. Can you say wobbling along from Ala Moana to Kapolei without a bathroom? They should change the name from HART to HURL.
on August 3,2012 | 11:07AM
paloloboyz wrote:
If his lawyer insists he can't lose his scholarship, I here there's an opening for the scout team punter.
on August 3,2012 | 10:57AM
allie wrote:
sad commentary on a program still out of control. UH continues to take its lumps on a program not in any way related to our educational mission
on August 3,2012 | 11:15AM
Bdpapa wrote:
Supposedly you work in a establishment that serves food and drinks. How many patrons leave there intoxicated or to be more accurate .08 alcohol level? Your livelihood depends on this. So, do you take the high road or low road when dealing with this. Donʻt have to answer thatʻs your personal issue. And I do not condone driving and drinking.
on August 3,2012 | 12:08PM
allie wrote:
I don't drink. Not 21! And anyway I don't need it!
on August 3,2012 | 01:29PM
goodday wrote:
If UH didn't have a football team most people would think Hawaii doesn't have a college.
on August 3,2012 | 12:21PM
allie wrote:
yikes!. UH has many world-class programs.
on August 3,2012 | 01:29PM
fairgame947 wrote:
There are over 100 athletes of the football team. These are still KIDS. Some will make huge mistakes and be treated accordingly, but don't throw all those doing a good job of school and athletics under the bus.
on August 3,2012 | 01:01PM
olos73 wrote:
Still kids? Over 18 can vote, can join the military. If I remember correctly, new laws said you have to be 18 to get a full license. Under 18 is only a transitional license, I think. Kids are not supposed to be drinking anyway.
on August 3,2012 | 07:53PM
waianae94 wrote:
Why not plead guilty?
on August 3,2012 | 12:23PM
Gene_Park wrote:
When you plead no contest, the judge will still FIND you not guilty, so it doesn't matter really.
on August 3,2012 | 01:44PM
japanee808 wrote:
Let's see if Coach Chow is weak and out for the win, since that's there only punter. Is he going to send a message to the team and get the respect of the Hawaii fans or back down and have no ba--s.
on August 3,2012 | 12:24PM
allie wrote:
Why was this guy out at 2:30 am anyway? Chow is right to suspend him
on August 3,2012 | 01:30PM
oldertimer808 wrote:
I hope you're just speaking for yourself because Coach Chow does have the respect of many individuals. It's unfortunate that these incidents have happened but it is not just an athletic issue but a society issue so look in your backyard and closet.
on August 3,2012 | 01:57PM
allie wrote:
why so mean?
on August 3,2012 | 02:12PM
aomohoa wrote:
Welcome back Allie, but it makes you sound like a baby when you say that.. If you can't take the heat get out of the kitchen:)
on August 3,2012 | 03:12PM
palolo wrote:
Until we know how much indefinite is we won't know how severe this punishment is. Cayman's punishment basically meant he wasn't going to be the starting QB or probably have any reps in practice. Tachibana's penalty is no team activities until Oct. 15 which probably means he isn't playing for most if not the entire season (a reserve). Now, the punter can participate in team activities doesn't seem like equal punishment to me. We'll have to see how long indefinite is. After all he's a pro prospect and will be game ready when indefinite is lifted. Tachibana got screwed by the courts (Oct 15 court date) and Coach Chow. Why can't he participate in team activities until his court date? After all the law is you're innocent until proven guilty. If he is found innocent how does the lost football time ever made up? You can always punish him later if he's found guilty (isn't he a junior)? JMHO
on August 3,2012 | 01:01PM
gobows wrote:
taking one for the team. hopefully, the rest will fall in line.
on August 3,2012 | 01:48PM
ya_think wrote:
What's really funny is that this is news at all. Also if he wasn't on the football team we would never hear about it. How many students get tagged for DUI or DWI, we will never know because it's not reported because it doesn't sell newspapers like this does.
on August 3,2012 | 02:01PM
mrluke wrote:
Duh! It's news because HE IS NOT just another student! Like it or not.
on August 3,2012 | 07:05PM
Publicbraddah wrote:
I think basically he's a good kid but just made a bad judgement. Glad he owned up to it and hope this is a wakeup call to walk a straight line.
on August 3,2012 | 02:16PM
BH1 wrote:
Best comment on here pb! It's ridiculous how many ignorant people on here are so quick to make character judgments about people they don't even know.
on August 3,2012 | 08:09PM
environmental_lady wrote:
Interesting that three football guys and then Colt Brenman got nabbed for DUI. They never learn!
on August 3,2012 | 02:18PM
aomohoa wrote:
It is a sad!
on August 3,2012 | 02:32PM
entrkn wrote:
When you recruit players from other countries you have to be prepared for occasional mis-steps... hope to see him playing and saving our okoles again REAL SOON!
on August 3,2012 | 02:29PM
aomohoa wrote:
Coach cares about these kids, that's why he is using tough love. He'll end up like Colt if he doesn't learn responsibility now. There are always consequences for our actions. Man up now Alex and you won't end up on a downward spiraling out of control.
on August 3,2012 | 02:30PM
bleedgreen wrote:
In other countries, the establishment that allows their customer to leave their establishment when intoxicated, can be fined and/or have their business license suspended or revoked. If you want to get to the root of the problem, you need to get after the club, bar or restaurant that served the liquor and continued to serve the customer knowing he/she had too much to drive safely and within the limits of the law. But this is not happening, is it?
on August 3,2012 | 02:49PM
aomohoa wrote:
Unless you have people wear a wrist band that would be hard to do. I think most places would refuse to serve someone if they already appear intoxicated. In California they stop serving alcohol at least an hour before closing, but that not be long enough.I suppose everyone could have a breathalyzer test before they leave. I think there is only so much an establishment can do. People need to be responsible, or there should be harsher consequences.
on August 3,2012 | 03:10PM
GoRaiders wrote:
Loser. Low integrity person.
on August 3,2012 | 03:55PM
hvagd1 wrote:
why's mommy in the picture? gotta be a mommy's boy given the irresponsible behavior..."forgot his license when he drove"..give me a break...
on August 3,2012 | 04:06PM
Imua45 wrote:
What will really be sad, with all this bad rap, another player gets caught for DUI.
on August 3,2012 | 04:12PM
WKAMA wrote:
Football players with drinking problems don't make good football players. They don't have the mental toughness to avoid breaking even the most simple rule of not driving while drunk.
on August 3,2012 | 04:56PM
time we get better role models in our society.............kids now days, have great support groups/parents, etc, but the trend to do alcohol is getting worse. Coach Chow has certainly set a standard. Mormon or not, alcohol consumption is a choice, not a requirement. UH's reputation is being tarnished by the second. Hopefully we can pull ourselves out of the DUI gutter. Now Colt....is that the reason that his inconsistencies were manifested??????????????????????? and how much as people of hawaii, are we going to tolerate? Humbolt College equivalent?
on August 3,2012 | 05:55PM
mrluke wrote:
Funny thing is - if he had a gang background, or if he had assaulted his pregnant girlfriend or been involved in a robbery or shooting, he'd fit right into the NFL mold.
on August 3,2012 | 07:08PM
areed wrote:
I feel that instilling the penalty after the plea or judgment is appropriate. Re: the quarterback who hired a lawyer saying he did not receive due process. Norm Chow is not the judge...taking action 3 days after the verdict is appropriate. What if UH suspends and the player is found innocent? Another legal issue!
on August 3,2012 | 08:07PM
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