Update: July 31 – 6:00 p.m. ET
Some additional details about the arrest of Alabama defensive lineman Da’Shawn Hand have emerged.
The Tuscaloosa News reported Monday that Hand was sleeping in his parked car — not driving — when he was arrested for DUI early Saturday morning.
According to Alabama state law, Hand was deemed to be in “constructive possession” of the vehicle, and although he wasn’t driving and the vehicle was parked, the keys being in the car was the determinant that triggered the arrest.
Hand was parked in a near-campus parking lot, sitting in the driver’s seat with the headlights on and the vehicle cranked, but was asleep with the car in park. The arresting officer found Hand at 4:30 a.m. at the 1100 block of University Blvd. Bars in Tuscaloosa close at 2 a.m.
Original story: July 29 – 1:15 p.m. ET
Less than a week before Alabama’s fall practices begin, defensive lineman Da’Shawn Hand has been arrested for DUI.
Hand was arrested Saturday morning in Tuscaloosa. Per multiple reports, he was released after posting a $1,000 bond.
Alabama coach Nick Saban issued a statement about Hand’s arrest.
“This type of behavior is not acceptable and we are disappointed in Da’Shawn’s actions,” Saban’s statement said. “We are still gathering information and will evaluate what we need to do in terms of appropriate discipline as we move forward, so better choices and decisions can be made in the future.”
Hand is expected to be a key contributor on Alabama’s defensive line in 2017. A highly touted recruit — though who isn’t a highly touted recruit on ‘Bama’s defensive line — out of high school, Hand had 21 tackles and two sacks as a junior. He’s a projected starter as Alabama must replace both starting defensive ends in its 3-4 base defense.
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