Griz linebacker Connor Strahm had a blood alcohol level of .214 percent — more than 2½ times the legal limit of 0.08 — when he was pulled over Saturday, according to a report from the Missoula Police Department.
Strahm pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor charge of DUI in a court appearance on Monday.
Strahm was stopped near the corner of Broadway Street and Madison Street at 1 a.m. Saturday for driving with his headlights off and an improperly functioning rear tail light, according to the affidavit from the arresting officer.
While being pulled over, the vehicle hit the curb. The officer said he could smell alcohol from inside the vehicle and that Strahm had “bloodshot watery eyes.” There was also a Coors Light can inside the center cupholder.
Strahm participated in one field sobriety test and according to the affidavit, he displayed six of the six possible indications of impairment. He refused to do the other two field sobriety tests.
The 22-year-old was booked into Missoula County Jail at 3:22 a.m. and posted $700 bond.
The DUI charge is Strahm's first offense. In the state of Montana, a first-time DUI conviction is a misdemeanor charge and offenders can receive a minimum jail sentence of 24 hours to a maximum of six months and a fine ranging from $600 to $1,000.
In addition to the possible jail sentence and fines, the Montana Department of Motor Vehicles may also suspend the offender's driver's license for six months and/or mandate the installation of an ignition interlock device. Ignition interlock devices require drivers to take a blood alcohol level test before starting the car.
The incident "will be treated like any other disciplinary issue and run through the student athlete code of conduct," Montana Athletics assistant director of communications Eric Taber told the Missoulian in a phone call on Thursday evening.
According to the Montana Athletics student athlete code of conduct, being charged with misdemeanor DUIs are a category II violation. The penalty for a first offense of that category is a "minimum suspension of 10% of scheduled contests." For a Griz football player, that equates to a 1.1 game suspension.
Strahm could appeal that suspension.
His next court appearance is scheduled Sept. 11.
Strahm, from Eugene, Oregon, was Montana's second leading tackler last season with 70 stops in 11 games.