Alabama DL Hand reportedly asleep in car before DUI arrest

Aug 2, 2017 - 3:45 PM Alabama Crimson Tide defensive lineman Da'Shawn Hand reportedly was asleep in his parked car and not driving at the time of his DUI arrest over the weekend.

Hand was arrested early Saturday morning in Tuscaloosa, Ala., for driving under the influence and held on a $1,000 bond. A pretrial hearing is set for Sept. 18 in Tuscaloosa Municipal Court.

Hand was in a near-campus parking lot, sitting in the driver's seat with the headlights on and car cranked, but the car was in park and he was asleep, the Tuscaloosa News reported. The arresting officer found Hand at 4:30 a.m.

Hand was deemed to be in "constructive possession" of the vehicle, according to Alabama state law. The keys being in the parked car triggered the arrest.

Alabama coach Nick Saban expressed disappointment in his senior.

"This type of behavior is not acceptable and we are disappointed in Da'Shawn's actions," Saban said in a statement Saturday. "We are still gathering information and will evaluate what we need to do in terms of appropriate discipline as we move forward, so better choices and decisions can be made in the future."

The 6-foot-4, 288-pound Hand, a preseason All-SEC first-team selection, registered 21 tackles and two sacks in 15 games as a reserve last season. He has seven career sacks and is expected to step into the Crimson Tide's starting lineup at defensive end.

Alabama begins preseason practice on Thursday. The Tide open the season on Sept. 2 against Florida State in Atlanta.

No one has shouted yet.
Be the first!