LINCOLN — Mike Caputo, the starting center on Nebraska’s football team, was arrested early Sunday morning on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol after police found him at the wheel of a pickup truck parked at a gas station near downtown Lincoln.
Caputo, 22, appeared to be asleep when police located him inside a 2010 Ford F-150 at 1:09 a.m. Sunday at a U-Stop Convenience Shop, according to a police report. The vehicle’s engine was running and its lights were on, according to the report.
Caputo was transported to a detoxification center. A preliminary test revealed that his blood-alcohol level was .103 percent. The legal limit in Nebraska is 0.08 percent.
The Lincoln City Attorney’s Office had not filed charges as of Monday afternoon. A court date for Caputo has been scheduled for Jan. 17.
Attempts to reach Caputo’s attorney were not immediately successful.
Nebraska coach Bo Pelini said through an NU spokesman that he’s aware of the incident. “(I) am awaiting more information before making any further comment,” Pelini said.
Caputo, a senior who played his high school football at Millard North, is the most experienced member of the Huskers’ offensive line, starting the past 26 games at center. He was named to the All-Big Ten second team by coaches two weeks ago.
Sophomore Cole Pensick and redshirt freshman Mark Pelini are Caputo’s top backups and have traveled with the team all year, but neither received many in-game snaps behind the veteran.