ucla is tough on their athletes

By: GO TROJANS



UCLA kicker Justin Medlock was arrested early Saturday morning on suspicion of being involved in an alcohol-related accident on the San Diego Freeway in Inglewood that left a member of the women's golf team with serious spinal injuries, the California Highway Patrol said.

Medlock, a junior recently named second team all-Pacific 10 Conference and considered an NFL prospect, rolled his pickup truck in the northbound lanes of the freeway about 3 a.m. and walked away from the crash, California Highway Patrol Sgt. Jodi Legarra said. Inglewood police arrested him on Florence Avenue, about 1 1/2 miles from the accident scene.

His passenger, Hannah Jun, was taken to UCLA Medical Center, where she was treated for broken vertebra in her neck. Hospital officials declined to provide information about her condition. Medlock was treated at Daniel Freeman Memorial Hospital for a swollen eye, cut lip and chest pain before he was taken to jail.

The 22-year-old kicker was booked into the sheriff's Inmate Reception Center on suspicion of felony drunk driving causing injury and felony hit-and-run, Legarra said. He was released from jail about 9 p.m. after posting bail, a sheriff's spokeswoman said. Bail had been set at $100,000.

Medlock crashed his 1998 Toyota Tacoma into a call box north of Manchester Boulevard before the truck rolled and ended up on its roof on a freeway onramp, Legarra said.

When officers arrived, Jun's body was partially dangling from the truck. Medlock, who smelled of alcohol and failed a field sobriety test, told officers that he had been drinking with friends in Newport Beach, CHP Officer Dale Horne said.

Based on how UCLA Coach Karl Dorrell handled off-the-field alcohol-related incidents two years ago, it's probable that Medlock will be suspended for at least the bowl game, though UCLA officials would not comment. One official did say he expected Medlock to be suspended.

UCLA placekicker Justin Medlock was sentenced Tuesday to three years' probation after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor drunken driving charge in connection with an accident that injured a female member of the university's golf team.

After the sentencing, UCLA coach Karl Dorrell reinstated the senior placekicker. Medlock was suspended indefinitely after the accident and he missed the Bruins' 50-38 win over Northwestern in the Sun Bowl.

"Now that the legal proceedings have been finalized, I feel that missing the Sun Bowl and being suspended for four months is sufficient punishment ...," Dorrell said in a statement.

California Highway Patrol officers said Medlock was driving a 1998 Toyota pickup on the San Diego Freeway when he struck a call box and the truck flipped over.

 

CHP officers found the truck with only Jun inside. Medlock was later found walking on an Inglewood street about 1 1/2 miles from the scene

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