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Brennan pleads not guilty to drunk-driving charge

By Mary Vorsino

LAST UPDATED: 09:34 a.m. HST, Nov 13, 2012

Former University of Hawaii quarterback Colt Brennan pleaded not guilty today to a drunken-driving charge.

His next court date was set for Jan. 2.

Brennan did not appear this morning at Kaneohe district court to make the plea. An attorney made it on his behalf. 

Police arrested Brennan on July 25 in Kailua for investigation of driving under the influence of alcohol. His blood-alcohol content was .17, more than twice the legal threshold of .08.

In August, 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 he was driving belonged to him.

At about 11:26 p.m. on July 25, a police officer saw a maroon Chevrolet Cruze operated by Brennan traveling north 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 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Brennan's driver's license was revoked for a year following his arrest.

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realist3463 wrote:
He is lucky he did not kill someone. He needs to go to jail before he does.
on November 13,2012 | 08:27AM
frontman wrote:
He did plead guilty to being permanently stupid.
on November 13,2012 | 10:57AM
ainokea1964 wrote:
I heard that someone saw him at Mai Tai this pass weekend on Saturday and he was all bus. I guess he didn't learn his lesson. He should go to an AA class. Because he is ruining his reputation and he need to salavage whatever is left.
on November 13,2012 | 08:37AM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
100% of people at MaiTai should go AA class. What's your point. Colt is a class act. He's Hawaiis Son. He got more Aloha spirit then the haters on this blog. Giving up his senior year to play for UH. He gave us a chance, how about we do the same.
on November 13,2012 | 12:13PM
Nocturnal wrote:
Well I could see if they saw him actually get behind the wheel again and drive drunk. If he's just drinking and being smart about it, getting a ride from someone who is sober, what's the harm?
on November 13,2012 | 08:39PM
allie wrote:
He is a convicted felon and a real mess. I hope he gets help before he hurts anyone else. He is a sad reminder of the JJ days I am told. JJ took any player no matter what their background. Give chow credit for being a man of honor and integrity
on November 13,2012 | 08:41AM
maui808 wrote:
What felony was he convicted of?
on November 13,2012 | 09:08AM
E_Ogawa wrote:
I think the felony charge to which "allie" is referring is burglary and trespassing while Brennan was a student at the University of Colorado before he moved to Hawai'i.
on November 13,2012 | 12:19PM
noshortcuts wrote:
I think it might be this... Brennan, then a freshman at Colorado, drunkenly entered a female student's room uninvited and didn't leave. He was charged with several crimes including sexual assault. Colorado, which at the time faced accusations of sex crimes involving several football players, quickly dismissed Brennan from the team. Brennan was convicted of first-degree criminal trespass and second-degree burglary, but was acquitted of charges of sexual assault and indecent exposure. He was sentenced to seven days in jail and four years probation.
on November 13,2012 | 02:17PM
allie wrote:
on November 13,2012 | 02:45PM
palolo2001 wrote:
Shame on Colt. How can he be a Kahuku coach?
on November 13,2012 | 06:20PM
walaau808 wrote:
Yes, please expound on the "convicted felon" charge...
on November 13,2012 | 10:18AM
kainalu wrote:
Now simply an ordinary citizen, our local media still feels it necessary to drag Colt's memory through the mud. This is easily the 5th time since the accident happened that Colt's picture has been PLASTERED on the headlines. Let the courts deal with it, leave the kid alone.
on November 13,2012 | 08:48AM
ss029 wrote:
on November 13,2012 | 08:58AM
Venus1 wrote:
Pilling on is bullying !!!
on November 13,2012 | 09:03AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Many many years ago there was a move called "Lord of the Flies" where a group of students were stranded on a deserted island with no adult supervision. Eventually these so-called nice civilized kids evolved into savage bullies and started picking on the weak. The call of the wild is never far off and our nice civilized sheen quickly evaporates when the mob mentality takes over.
on November 13,2012 | 01:26PM
Morimoto wrote:
I remember that well, I read the book and saw the movie although they were a long time ago. The truly civilized people manage to keep their civility even in the worst of times (war, riots, etc.). However, in this case I don't consider it uncivilized to criticize Brennan, since drunken driving is a serious crime, although it's a little unfair that he receives harsher criticism than most. But that's the price you pay for being a former UH QB. I have no sympathy for him.
on November 13,2012 | 01:45PM
loquaciousone wrote:
It takes no courage to sit in the shadow of anonymity of your computer while taking pot shots at someone. Like Venus1 said Piling on is bullying.
on November 13,2012 | 02:20PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Kirk Caldwell called and asked who body snatched you.
on November 13,2012 | 02:42PM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
As is taking digs at people who are already being maligned in the press.
on November 13,2012 | 03:08PM
CriticalReader wrote:
I consider the information in this article interesting.
on November 13,2012 | 09:40AM
Bdpapa wrote:
Yup, leave him alone.
on November 13,2012 | 10:07AM
cojef wrote:
He was a celebrity, so he gets no free pass. Also, in view of his alcohol consumption which was over double the legal limit, and his plea is news. He chose or had his lawyer make the decision and it is news worthy because of the controversy involved.
on November 13,2012 | 11:10AM
Bdpapa wrote:
You are correct he "was" a celebrity. His time is passed. He is no longer treated as a celebrity, just another rich kid.
on November 13,2012 | 11:42AM
allie wrote:
yup...a bad seed
on November 13,2012 | 02:46PM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
Yes, I'm sure a very dim high school dropout pretending to be a UH co-ed would know something about being a bad seed.
on November 13,2012 | 03:30PM
turbolink wrote:
And former Heissman Trophy finalist Allie, perhaps your research missed that. What have you done lately, beside take potshots from behind your keyboard?
on November 13,2012 | 03:53PM
RetiredWorking wrote:
Conjecturing with no references or citations is allie's favorite pastime.
on November 13,2012 | 07:29PM
Morimoto wrote:
I'd bet money he's still driving with no license, since there's no real consequence for driving without a license. He'll get a slap on the wrist and be back to his old ways. Despite being a talented football player, I never did like him as a person, granted I don't know him personally, but something about him just didn't seem right and genuine.
on November 13,2012 | 09:01AM
dlum003 wrote:
Who knows what the truth really is, but if he's found to be lying, they should throw the book at um, like any public citizen. By the way, how's he getting to Kahuku everyday to coach? Driving? I hope not.
on November 13,2012 | 09:10AM
Morimoto wrote:
He may be catching a ride to Kahuku but I'd bet he's still driving since there's no real punishment for driving without a license.
on November 13,2012 | 01:46PM
ghstar wrote:
A not guilty plea and trial doesn't seem very smart, given the cop will testify to driving at high rate of speed, a BAT of .17 and drugs in the car. He ought to plead, take his medicine, and then leave town and start fresh someplace. What?-- is he hoping for a judge that will give him a pass just because he used play football at UH?? Not a good bet.
on November 13,2012 | 09:37AM
Bdpapa wrote:
Good lawyer!
on November 13,2012 | 10:08AM
Pocho wrote:
he could have had it all keeping his image clean. Kinda of a waste being in all that spot light to turn up like this
on November 13,2012 | 10:25AM
Hiroaki23 wrote:
Colt needs to leave Oahu, try to get in shape physically and mentally and pursue some league, any league, Arena, In-Door too much talent to be wasted. Still think he has time to play QB in some league. Too bad he got cut from the CFL.
on November 13,2012 | 11:27AM
Bdpapa wrote:
He could still find something in sports but as a player, probably not.
on November 13,2012 | 11:44AM
Morimoto wrote:
He's done as a player, he isn't even talented enough to play in a minor football league. I'm not even sure he'd make a good coach. With all his personal problems, you'd think he would have a hard time coaching.
on November 13,2012 | 01:48PM
allie wrote:
on November 13,2012 | 02:47PM
allie wrote:
he was never a legitimate qb hon
on November 13,2012 | 02:46PM
DAGR81 wrote:
allie for QB coach
on November 13,2012 | 03:33PM
turbolink wrote:
Wonder how he became a Heissman Trophy finalist? Guess all those who vote didn't get your assessment on his legitimacy. By your own statements you weren't even here. At best you have your usual and unreliable hearsay sources, hon.
on November 13,2012 | 03:59PM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
turbo IT and DAGRUB are both known trolls. They're what happens when someone mistakenly throws away the baby and keeps the afterbirth.
on November 13,2012 | 04:14PM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
Well he was a Heisman candidate and was a Redskins fan favorite for a couple of seasons and he made enough in his brief time in the NFL that he can live off investments. That would be much more than a not very bright high school dropout pretending to be a UH co-ed would ever be able to accomplish in several lifetimes. Now he's been reduced to your level...trailer trash without the trailer.
on November 13,2012 | 04:10PM
gunfunit wrote:
let's see...observed traveling a at high rate of speed, check...blood-alcohol content was .17, check...blood shot eyes, check...slightly slurred speech, check...officer could smell a strong odor of alcohol, check...his balance was unsteady when exiting the vehicle, check...doesn't seem like much of a defense to me!!! bet his lawyer is gonna plea bargain in exchange for a NO CONTEST plea, he get probation a deferral of acceptance.
on November 13,2012 | 12:02PM
Morimoto wrote:
If he gets anything more severe than what you mentioned I'd be shocked.
on November 13,2012 | 01:49PM
aomohoa wrote:
Do they have to show the same pathetic mug shot.
on November 13,2012 | 12:14PM
aomohoa wrote:
Allie, why don't you think before you comment. He has not been convicted yet. So much for your education.
on November 13,2012 | 12:17PM
CriticalReader wrote:
He was convicted in Colorado. Those charges and conviction are what got him kicked off the CU football team. If memory serves, those were alcohol fueled offenses too.
on November 13,2012 | 12:32PM
allie wrote:
I am referring to the Colorado felony
on November 13,2012 | 02:47PM
turbolink wrote:
Sorry aomohaa, we often forget that Allie knows everything about Hawaii, whether she was here or not. She often doesn't know the context, but she doesn't let that get in the way of her immature, vicious remaks in search of attention.
on November 13,2012 | 03:40PM
loquaciousone wrote:
nice people here
on November 13,2012 | 12:26PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
John White called. He also wants to know who body snatched you.
on November 13,2012 | 02:43PM
blackmurano wrote:
Let me say this, what Colt Brennan did was pure unlawful and if convicted he will suffer the consequensce. As a staunch loyal Hawaii football fans for ages, some people forget what Colt Brennan did for Hawaii as Coach June Jones starting quarterback, Was it 2007? If it was 2007, our Warriors played 13 games and ended undefeated with a BCS bowl invite. He was a Heisman candidate which went to Tim Tebow. During the NFL draft, Washington Redskin selected Colt in the early rounds (i believe it was 3rd round). He worked under a coach that wanted to change Colt Brennan style of football. In his first exhibition game, he did real well. But the Washington head coach, though Colt did real well, was not pleased because he wasn't doing the NFL way. A new head coach was selected for the Redskin who traded away Colt Brennan to Oakland. There he wasn't given a chance. Just a few plays in the waining moments of a 4th quarter game. He was eventually release. After a year rehab due to a car accident, driven by another person, Colt was signed by a Canadian football league team. But before their first exhibition, Colt was released without any explanation. Colt ask for the training tapes and did not get it. Don't know if he has it now. So maybe all this frustration led to the DUI here in Hawaii. I'm not making any excuse for Colt, but letting you know what he has gone through. I do hope he has another chance in the NFL or Canadian football league. He deserve that chance.
on November 13,2012 | 01:29PM
allie wrote:
no excuses for dui
on November 13,2012 | 02:48PM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
dude, someone as flawed and such glaring shortcomings as yourself should not throw stones. Go back to continuing ed and get your GED. Maybe then you'll be able to make it through the day without making a total arse of yourself. But then again maybe you're just gifted in that department.
on November 13,2012 | 04:24PM
Mach2 wrote:
he sure looks gulity...
on November 13,2012 | 02:12PM
GorillaSmith wrote:
If you have evidence, you need to drop what you're doing and get down to HPD and make a statement.
on November 14,2012 | 12:50AM
HAJAA1 wrote:
All I know is we taxpayers pay for his cra* now
on November 13,2012 | 02:23PM
false wrote:
Leave him alone. He will need to accountable to himself. I see there a lot of perfect people out there or at least think they are. LOL
on November 13,2012 | 02:24PM
iwanaknow wrote:
Kudo's to him for trying to help the Kahuku kids.
on November 13,2012 | 03:26PM
bobbob wrote:
probably selling baggies of coke to them on the side. kudos for setting a great example.
on November 13,2012 | 10:12PM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
What is it with this sickofantic fixation on Colt Brennan. He was a good college QB and was at one point a fan favorite with Redskin fans for a couple of seasons till he re-injured his hip which brought into question his durability. Fine, he made enough in his brief time in the NFL that he can live off investments of his NFL earnings. Now he's just another guy with some issues in his life. I'm sure everyone in here is absolutely perfect including one extremely dim high school dropout internet troll pretending to be a UH co-ed so get on with your perfect lives and leave Colt to deal with his issues or not...
on November 13,2012 | 03:26PM
RetiredWorking wrote:
Ireally enjoyed Colt Brennan's performance while he was @ UH. He made us proud back then. I pray that he gets the help he needs.
on November 13,2012 | 07:35PM
HollyJHuber wrote:
Another victim of June Jones' fantasy.
on November 13,2012 | 07:51PM
kuhio wrote:
I went to the Rainbow basketball game last at 11pm and Colt was there in the front row having a beer. He obviously was not watching the game and "seemed" intoxicated. There was one time the arena camera focused on him as he took a swig of his beer. C'mon Man, get your life together. You are someone we looked up to and have given you the benefit of the doubt in your recent trouble with the law. COLT, everyone wants you to man up and be more responsible in your ways. Move on with your life and let go of the NFL dream. You can still be a difference maker in a positive way. Take a hard look in the mirror caused you are at a crossroad in your life. The direction you take is up to you, heaven or hell. May God lead you. Amen.
on November 13,2012 | 08:43PM
Snator wrote:
Sheeesh, almost everyone here thinks they're all higher and mightier than Colt. Hate to see one of you losers in the headlines someday, but then again we won't know, as everyone here hides behind their keyboard.
on November 13,2012 | 10:00PM
bobbob wrote:
he's living up to his name. colt 45
on November 13,2012 | 10:13PM
TutuBarb wrote:
What lousy - deceitful reporting...this is OLD NEWS ---incident happened in 2012 -- photo from 2012 --and NO MENTION of when it occured...apparently you.want to bring up old trash, at the expense of the "victim." I witnessed him coaching at a Kahuku game, and the players,fans and student body were loudly cheering for him. Get your facts straight--Sports Dept., and leave the Colt alone,
on July 31,2013 | 12:08PM
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