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Colt Brennan formally charged with drunken driving

By Rosemarie Bernardo

LAST UPDATED: 12:42 a.m. HST, Sep 1, 2012

Former University of Hawaii quarterback Colt Brennan was charged on Friday with drunken driving after he was pulled over by a police officer in Kailua last month. 

Police arrested Brennan on July 25 for investigation of driving under the influence of alcohol and promoting a dangerous drug in the third-degree. His blood-alcohol content was .17, more than twice the legal threshold for drunk driving of .08. Brennan was released the following day pending investigation.

The prosecutor's office said it did not pursue drug possession charges against Brennan because the state could not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the cocaine residue found in a plastic packet in the car belonged to him.

At about 11:26 p.m. on July 25, a police officer observed a maroon Chevrolet Cruze operated by Brennan, 29, traveling northbound at a high rate of speed on Kalanianaole Highway, passing the Kapaa Quarry Road intersection.

The officer pulled him over on Kailua Road just before Uluoa Street. According to a police report, Brennan had red, bloodshot eyes and his speech was slightly slurred. The officer also reported that he could smell a strong odor of alcohol on his breath and that Brennan’s balance was unsteady when he exited the vehicle. 

Brennan told the officer he was driving to a friend’s house in Hauula. When he was placed under arrest after failing the sobriety field and breathalyzer test, another responding officer drove the rental car to a nearby 7-Eleven parking lot on Kailua Road.

When the officer opened the driver door, he saw a small green transparent cellophane bag containing a white powdery substance between the driver’s door and seat, according to the report. The rental car also had a strong odor of marijuana.

Brennan’s driver’s license was revoked for a year following his arrest.

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