Incident report outlines DUI arrest of USC football player

Incident report outlines DUI arrest of USC football player

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - A University of South Carolina football player has been suspended indefinitely following a DUI arrest last week.

Sophomore Christian Pellage, 19, was arrested by USC police for first-offense DUI on Saturday and released on bond later that day, according to public records.

An arrest report indicated Pellage's green Mercedes struck a curb and went left of center "multiple times" on Blossom Street around 3:25 a.m.

University of South Carolina officers pulled Pellage over in the parking garage of 650 Lincoln Street.

An officer noted smelling alcohol and a "thick and slurred" speech coming from Pellage, according to the report.

A 19-year-old passenger was passed out in the front seat when police approached the vehicle, the report stated. After failing a field sobriety test, Pellage told the officer he had "two Bourbon and cokes earlier in the night" and also took a Xanax, the report stated,

The passenger was taken to an area hospital because he began vomiting during the traffic stop. He was cited for being a minor in possession of liquor under the age of 21.

Pellage, who apologized to police several times was transported to the USC Police Department where a breath sample yielded a BAC level of .08%, according to the report.

When asked about how disciplinary issues are handled at South Carolina, Muschamp told reporters that the university had "a lot of things in place" in case an issue should arise.

"I don't know a program in the country that does not have structure involved as far as educating their players, whether it's domestic violence, whether it's addiction..." Muschamp said. "Everyone has forms of that within their program. Every program does. At the end of the day, I think we did inherit a very good locker room. I credit Coach [Steve] Spurrier and his staff for that.

"It's a continual education. You want to get out and brag about your players and, all of a sudden... they're 17-, 18-, 19-year-old young men. Somebody's going to make a mistake. That's part of it. That's part of the education process. It's your job as a coach to try to change the behavior as best you can and alter that. That's what we're in charge of.

Pellage, a 6' 7" 300 lb. offensive lineman from Brooksville, FL, played in 12 games primarily on special teams, according to his online bio.

He is scheduled to appear in court on August 24.

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