Former Nebraska football player Alfonzo Dennard is scheduled to be in court July 31 to learn if his latest brush with Lincoln police could put him in jail on a probation violation.
Dennard, 23, was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving early Thursday in Lincoln.
Authorities have said that the accusation could be grounds for a Lancaster County District Court judge to revoke his probation and put him in jail for last year’s assault on a Lincoln officer. The judge also could give the ex-Husker — now a cornerback for the New England Patriots — another chance.
His revocation hearing comes six days after players for the Patriots are due back in Massachusetts for training. Dennard is required to appear — unless his attorney seeks and is granted a different court date.
Dennard’s attorney, Terry Dougherty of Lincoln, couldn’t be reached for comment Friday.
Lincoln police said officers spotted a westbound Honda Accord straddling the lane line on Normal Boulevard between 50th and 56th Streets about 2 a.m. Thursday. A field sobriety test was administered, but Dennard refused to submit to a breath test, according to a police report.
He was arrested on suspicion of DUI, refusing a chemical test and a driving infraction.
In a statement issued Thursday, the Patriots called Dennard’s DUI arrest “extremely” disappointing.
In last year’s incident, Dennard punched an officer investigating a fight outside a downtown Lincoln bar. Dennard was convicted of one count of assaulting an officer and sentenced to 30 days in jail, two years of probation and 100 hours of law enforcement-related community service. The judge allowed Dennard to delay his jail time until March 1, 2014, to avoid interfering with his NFL season.