Michigan football player accused of drunken driving to return to court next month for evidentiary hearing
Darryl Stonum, the Michigan wide receiver who has been accused of drunken driving, made a brief appearance this morning in 15th District Court, where his attorney said there is a question as to why Stonum was initially stopped by police.
In an attempt to resolve that question, attorney Doug Lewis requested an evidentiary hearing, which Judge Julie Creal set for June 3 at 9 a.m. Lewis did not elaborate on what concern he had about the traffic stop.
Stonum pleaded not guilty last week to charges of operating while intoxicated second-offense and driving with a suspended license.
The 21-year-old, who has been suspended from the team, was arrested at 2:25 a.m. on May 6 by University of Michigan police after a traffic stop on State Street, records show.
Stonum, who is from Stafford, Texas, and is entering his senior year with the Michigan football program, faces up to a year in jail if convicted.
It's not the first time he's been in legal trouble. In September 2008, during his freshman year, police charged him with operating a vehicle while visibly impaired, and he was subsequently jailed for three nights in July 2010 for multiple probation violations.
He is currently out on a $500 personal recognizance bond and must submit to a breath test each day by 8:30 a.m. at the University of Michigan Department of Public Safety.
Lee Higgins covers crime and courts for AnnArbor.com. He can be reached by phone at (734) 623-2527 and email at firstname.lastname@example.org.