Former Maryville, UT football player Douglas charged with DUI
By Chloé Morrison (email@example.com)
Aaron David Douglas, 21, Snowshill Way, Maryville, was released on a $1,000 bond pending a 9 a.m. Dec. 29 hearing in Blount County General Sessions Court, after being booked shortly after midnight Friday.
Deputies pulled him over after he allegedly ran a stop sign and was seen driving erratically.
When Douglas ran the light, he was nearly hit by another vehicle, Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Marian O’Briant said.
O’Briant also said he was cited with implied consent violation, according to the Sheriff’s report. That citation alleges that Douglas refused to submit to a blood alcohol test.
Authorities stopped Douglas on U.S. Highway 321 West near Partnership Park South, according to the report.
Deputies performed standard field sobriety tests, on which Douglas performed “extremely poorly,” according to O’Briant, who was reading information from the report. He was unsteady on his feet and uncooperative during the investigation, according to the report.
Former UT Football Coach Phillip Fulmer recruited Douglas to Tennessee from a stellar prep career at Maryville High School, that included being twice named Tennessee Mr. Football (lineman). Douglas red-shirted at UT in 2008, but earned a starting role at offense tackle in the 2009 season under Lane Kiffin, Fulmer’s replacement.
After two coaching changes in two seasons, Douglas withdrew from UT, asking current Coach Derek Dooley for his release in March. That move caused some controversy over the terms of the release and Douglas decided in May to go to Arizona Western Community College, which would then allow him to transfer to a four-year program with two full years of eligibility remaining.
After visiting the University of Alabama last month, Douglas recently said he had signed with the Crimson Tide and would enroll in classes at Alabama in 2011.