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08-29-2009, 06:41 AM

Blaine Dalton has confirmed to The Star he has been kicked off the Missouri football team after his arrest early Friday morning on a charge of driving while intoxicated.

As to whether the door may be open to allow his return?

“I don’t know,” Dalton said when contacted on his cell phone Friday before his client conference with Columbia attorney Bogdan Susan. “I can’t answer anything else right now. Maybe later.”

Susan, after counseling Dalton not to make any more statements, told The Star that Dalton was arrested by University of Missouri police shortly before 1:30 a.m. Friday and was charged with DWI, not driving within the proper lane and driving an unregistered vehicle.

Dalton, who posted $500 bond, took a breath alcohol test and a field sobriety test, though results of those tests were not released.

Capt. Brian Weimer of the University of Missouri Police Department confirmed these details. Susan said Dalton faces an Oct. 8 date in Columbia Municipal Court.

Susan and Weimer both said that the charges against Dalton were technically violations of city ordinances, rather than misdemeanors, charges brought in a county court.

Weimer said normal procedure on a first-time offense was generally a fine. Susan said that’s what he would try to negotiate, though he acknowledged that is not always the outcome.

Dalton, 18, paid fines of $378 in Boone County Court earlier in the summer after pleading guilty to having an unopened can of beer in his car and to misdemeanors for the same sort of lane violation and driving an unregistered vehicle.

MU released the briefest of statements late Friday morning, saying Dalton — who received the Simone Award as the Kansas City area’s most outstanding high school football player last year as a quarterback at Blue Springs South — had been dismissed, effective immediately, “due to a violation of team conduct policies.”

Susan represented Dalton in the previous arrest.

When pulled over by police in Columbia on April 30, Dalton was charged with having pain pills in his car that had been prescribed for a friend. That charge was dropped after the friend told police he had simply left the pills in Dalton’s car.

MU coach Gary Pinkel suspended Dalton in that instance, reinstating him after disposition of the court case.

This time, Dalton has not merely been suspended, but dismissed.

Susan, asked whether he expected that Dalton might at some point be let back onto the football team, would not speculate.

“I don’t answer those questions,” he said. “That’s up to the coaches.”

Whether or not Dalton eventually returns to the team, his dismissal has at least settled the question of who will be Missouri’s No. 2 quarterback behind starter Blaine Gabbert in the season opener Sept. 5 against Illinois. That job belongs to sophomore Jimmy Costello of Liberty.

Any competition ended when Dalton, a true freshman who graduated early from high school and enrolled at MU in the spring, was arrested for the second time in a span of four months.

To reach Mike DeArmond, call 816-234-4353 or send e-mail to mdearmond@kcstar.com

08-29-2009, 06:56 AM
The world needs ditch-diggers too Danny...
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Skip Towne
08-29-2009, 09:52 AM
Those Daltons have been criminals for years and years.

08-29-2009, 09:55 AM
For a second I thought Lionel Dalton was still on the team and you were talking about him.

Mr. Krab
08-29-2009, 10:49 AM
repizzle to the postdizzle

08-29-2009, 10:50 AM
repizzle to the postdizzle


08-29-2009, 03:24 PM
The world needs ditch-diggers too Danny...
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Hey, get it right!

They are soil displacement engineers.

08-29-2009, 04:04 PM