Brent details emerging

URBANA — Illinois football player Josh Brent is due back in Champaign County Circuit Court in April after being arraigned Monday morning on misdemeanor charges of driving under the influence and driving while suspended.

State's Attorney Julia Rietz said Joshua Price-Brent, 21, who listed an address in the 1600 block of East Florida Avenue, Urbana, was arrested about 1:30 a.m. Saturday on University Avenue at Coler for speeding and found to exhibit signs of impairment.

Rietz said it's likely that felony charges will be filed later once prosecutors have confirmed his prior driving convictions.

Rietz said an Illinois State trooper stopped Brent. He submitted to a breath test which showed a preliminary blood-alcohol level of 0.11 percent.

There was also a warrant out of Livingston County for Brent's arrest alleging that he failed to appear in court there for driving with a suspended license, she said.
Brent posted $150 cash to be released from jail Saturday.

On Monday, he was ordered back in court in Champaign County on April 30. His next court date in Livingston County is March 23.

Rietz said Brent has a prior driving under suspension conviction, which he apparently received for failing to appear in court on a traffic ticket that was not alcohol-related in another county. Driving under the influence at a time when your license is suspended makes the offense, normally a misdemeanor, into a felony.

UI coach Ron Zook said in a statement Sunday that Brent, a sophomore defensive lineman who had 34 tackles last season, has been suspended until the team can "gather all the facts."

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