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Ex-Gator Dunlap pleads no contest to DUI charge

DAVID JONES Florida Today
Published:   |   Updated: March 21, 2013 at 07:16 PM

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GAINESVILLE -

Former Florida defensive end Carlos Dunlap, arrested on Dec. 1 for driving under the influence and suspended the week of the SEC Championship Game, a 32-13 loss to Alabama, appeared in Alachua County court to plead no contest to the charge Friday.

The North Charleston, S.C., native was found passed out in his car with the engine still running.

Dunlap was found guilty of DUI and placed on probation for a year with his driver's license suspended for six months. He must pay about $1,000, which includes $442 in court costs, a $500 fine, and $50 cost of prosecution. Dunlap was also given 50 hours of community service hours with permission to pay for 25 and only have to actually work the other 25.
Dunlap, who turns 21 on Feb. 28, returned to play in the Gators' 51-24 Sugar Bowl win against Cincinnati, getting two sacks. Shortly after the game, the junior announced his intentions to turn pro. Forecast as a likely first-round draft pick, the 6-foot-6, 290-pound Dunlap was the defensive MVP of the Gators' 24-14 win over Oklahoma for the 2008 national title.

He finished his college career with 19.5 sacks. He is tied for 10th on the school's all-time list.

Dunlap spent six hours in jail after his arrest. After being released on his own recognizance, he has not been allowed to drive since the incident. He had no prior adjudications.

According to Gainesville police, officers responded to a reckless driving complaint and found Dunlap's 2000 Chrysler stopped at a traffic light near the 200 block of W. 34th Street. Officers approached the car and found Dunlap slumped over in the driver's seat.

They were able to unlock the car and turn off the ignition. Dunlap has his foot on the brake pedal with the car still in gear.

So far, it does not look like the incident will have much impact on his draft status. Dunlap is still forecast as a high first-round draft pick by most experts. Florida's NFL pro day for scouts to work out players is March 17 -- the same date as the start of UF's spring football practices.

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