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Chiefs' assistant coach charged with DUI

A local sports organization is under even more scrutiny after the arrest of an assistant coach for alleged DUI. The man faces drunk driving charges in connection with an incident that occurred on Dec. 23, according to authorities, when he was arrested after failing roadside sobriety tests. The news is just another item in the long list of unfortunate events that have befallen Kansas City Chiefs team leaders since early December, when one of the team's players killed himself in front of the coaching staff.

The suspect in the case serves as the team's assistant defensive coach and assistant linebacker coach, according to media reports. He was arrested after reportedly crashing his car on Dec. 23; no injuries were reported in the single-vehicle accident. Authorities have not released the man's blood alcohol content at the time of the collision, simply saying that he failed sobriety tests. He was released on $500 bond on Dec. 24.

Team leaders say they do not condone DUI, but the suspect's father offered some insights about possible motivation for the young man's behavior. He said his son was devastated by the tragic suicide of Jovan Belcher, a Chiefs player who shot himself in the head in front of coaches and staff. Although the suspect was not present at the time of the shooting, he has faced psychological trauma in connection with the loss, which may have had unpleasant side effects.

Authorities say the investigation is continuing, and coaching staff have not made announcements related to the man's employment status. The man's employers say they will make decisions about the man's future with the team after the investigation is complete.

The suspect in this case could be facing his first-ever DUI. If that is the case, he may be able to avoid jail time, instead facing punishment such as fines and license suspension. If the man is a multiple-DUI offender, it is more likely that he will be required to complete court-mandated programs, including those involving ignition interlocks. If the man pleads guilty, he could face more lenient penalties, according to prosecutor discretion.

Source:, "Kansas City Chiefs assistant coach Adam Zimmer arrested for drunk driving - NFL news," Eric Baxter, Dec. 24, 2012.

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