Criminal charges filed against two Pitt athletes
Two Pitt athletes are no longer with their teams because they were involved in separate criminal incidents.
Trey Zeigler, a junior guard who transferred this year from Central Michigan, was charged with drunken driving early Sunday and indefinitely suspended by basketball coach Jamie Dixon. Football coach Paul Chryst dismissed Steve Williams because police charged him with assaulting his girlfriend Saturday.
Pittsburgh police said they found Zeigler, 21, passed out behind the wheel of his Hummer at the intersection of Craft Avenue and Boulevard of the Allies in Oakland shortly after 3 a.m. Sunday, according to a criminal complaint.
Police will mail a summons for two misdemeanor driving under the influence charges to Zeigler, who must appear in Pittsburgh Municipal Court for a preliminary hearing Feb. 5.
“The incident involving Trey Zeigler is not only surprising, but incredibly disappointing,” Dixon said Monday in a statement. “Although I believe it was out of character for Trey, he has been immediately suspended until further notice. Trey has expressed his deep regret to me and understands and respects the importance of accountability for one's actions.”
Police said Zeigler failed field sobriety tests. He was handcuffed after a breath test showed his blood-alcohol content was 0.129 percent, above than the state's legal 0.08 percent limit for drivers.
Williams, 19, was arrested because Samantha Boggess, who identified herself as his girlfriend, said he assaulted her in his apartment on South Bouquet Street in Oakland at 1:50 a.m. Saturday.
Williams, a redshirt freshman defensive back from Savannah, Ga., faces a preliminary hearing at 8 a.m. Wednesday in Pittsburgh Municipal Court.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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