Michigan's Fitz Toussaint pleads guilty to operating a vehicle while visibly impaired
SALINE -- Suspended Michigan running back Fitz Toussaint pleaded guilty Tuesday to one misdemeanor charge of operating a vehicle while visibly impaired.
Toussaint originally was facing a charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, but pleaded down to the lesser charge in Saline's 14A-4 District Court. He will be sentenced Oct. 23 in Saline court.
He faces a maximum punishment of 93 days in jail, $300 fine (plus court costs and restitution) and 360 hours of community service.
Toussaint declined comment through his lawyer, Douglas E. Lewis.
"Take a hike," Lewis said.
Toussaint, Michigan's starting tailback, was suspended after his July 21 arrest and missed the first week of practice. He has since joined the team, but coach Brady Hoke has yet to clear the junior for Saturday's opener against No. 2 Alabama (8 p.m., ABC).
Hoke said Monday that he had an idea what he would do, but didn't elaborate. He next addresses the media Wednesday.
A Michigan spokesman said Tuesday that Toussaint's guilty plea hasn't changed his status with the team. Hoke said Monday that Toussaint's court appearance would not sway things, one way or the other.
Toussaint, 22, was stopped July 21 after running a red light at South Forest and Washtenaw avenues in his white Ford F-150 pickup truck. He registered a .12 blood-alcohol level and was jailed by Saline police. He was released early the following morning.
He said in court he was drinking VSOP brandy at his house that night, but "not sure" how much.
Toussaint rushed for 1,041 yards last season, his first as a starter. He was the first Michigan tailback eclipse the 1,000-yard barrier since Mike Hart in 2007.