Suspended Michigan RB Fitz Toussaint due in court 4 days before opener against Alabama
Michigan tailback Fitz Toussaint has been issued his first court date following an offseason drunken-driving arrest -- and it comes four days before the Wolverines' highly acclaimed season opener against Alabama.
Toussaint will face one count of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, according to police, and is scheduled to be arraigned in 14A-4 District Court on Aug. 28. Police say he will not face a weapons charge, despite finding a pellet gun designed to look like a handgun near the driver's seat of his truck.
Michigan opens its season Sept. 1 against the defending national champion Crimson Tide. Coach Brady Hoke has yet to determine whether Toussaint, his starting tailback, will play in that game.
Toussaint missed the first week of practices before joining camp Monday. He remains indefinitely suspended.
The 22-year-old Toussaint 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, who were in the area on a drunken driving detail.
Toussaint was released at 4 a.m., according to police records.
"He was extremely cooperative and gave us no problems at all," Saline Police Department Det. Don Lupi said Monday. "He was even more pleasant than the average drunk-driving arrestee. He was friendly and easy to deal with, unlike a lot of arrest situations."
Police also found a black Smith & Wesson airsoft pellet gun on the floor in front of the driver's seat during the arrest, according to police records. It was designed to look like a semi-automatic handgun.
Toussaint will not face charges for the "look-a-like," Lupi said.
"He was not charged with anything pertaining to that pellet gun, nor do we think he did anything illegal with it," Lupi said.