Former South Florida Football Player Faces DUI Charge

by ParkmanLaw on August 20, 2013

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Terrence Mitchell, who left the University of South Florida football team in June, was arrested Tuesday for driving under the influence.  The 22 year old was found by Tampa police at 1:26 a.m. about one mile from South Florida’s campus near Botanical Gardens.  The arrest report says Mitchell was “passed out in the driver seat of a vehicle that was running and in drive while facing the wrong way.”  Police officers noted that he smelled of alcohol, had red eyes, and slurred speech.  Mitchell registered blood-alcohol levels of 0.171 and 0.165 according to reports.  Along with DUI, he also faces misdemeanor charges of assault on a firefighter/EMT and driving with a suspended license with knowledge.  Terrence Mitchell was booked at 3:37 a.m. and is being held in county jail on $1,250 bond.

Mitchell was suspended from the University of South Florida after being arrested on a misdemeanor charge of possession of marijuana earlier this year.  In May, he entered a pretrial misdemeanor intervention program where first time offenders can have charges dropped after completing a probationary period of drug counseling and random drug testing.  The program typically lasts six months.

Mitchell played in 28 games during his three year career with South Florida and was the team’s second leading receiver last season. South Florida’s head coach Willie Taggart had intended to move Mitchell to cornerback before his suspension.

Terrence Mitchell was recognized as the Tampa Tribune’s 2010 male athlete of the year while at Hillsborough High School.  He announced his intentions to transfer to Division II Fort Hays State in June.

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