Published Friday, July 12, 2013 at 3:14 pm / Updated at 9:41 pm
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Ex-Husker Alfonzo Dennard to be in court July 31 after DUI arrest

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.

Contact the writer: Maggie O'Brien

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Maggie is a cops and breaking news reporter for Omaha.com.

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