charged with DUI
Womens basketball coach Jeff Mittie has been charged
in Newton, Kan., with driving under the influence of alcohol.
Newton city prosecutor David Yoder said in filing the
charge that Mittie had a blood alcohol level of .121 when
he was arrested at 3:50 a.m. March 17, The Dallas Morning
News reported in its online edition Wednesday. The legal
limit in Kansas is .08.
Mittie was arrested while on a three-day recruiting trip
when an officer saw Mitties vehicle swerving in
the road and Mittie turning the vehicles headlines
on and off.
Mitties attorney, Gregory Nye, did not immediately
return a telephone call from The Associated Press seeking
comment Wednesday night.
The coach was released on $1,000 bond after his arrest.
TCU reprimanded Mittie and ordered him to seek an alcohol
evaluation and perform community service.
An April 8 court date has been set for Mittie. He faces
a maximum sentence of 90 days in jail and a fine of $1,000
Athletics director Eric Hyman declined to comment on the
charges, said athletics media relations director Steve
Mittie will attend a state-approved alcohol awareness
program and a victims panel presentation after the university
reprimanded him. Mittie will also face undisclosed financial
Mittie, in his fifth year at TCU, was not suspended because
his professional and personal conduct were deemed exemplary
before his arrest, according to a statement released last
week by the university.
Sixth-seeded TCU lost to third-seeded Georgia on Monday
in the second round of the womens NCAA Tournament.
The seed was the highest the TCU women have received.
It was the fourth-straight season Mittie has coached the
Lady Frogs to the second round.
Assistant Sports Editor John Ashley Menzies contributed
to this report.