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By Pittsburgh The Tribune-Review
Monday, Sept. 13, 2010
 

A University of Pittsburgh football player was arrested early Sunday and charged with hitting a pedestrian on the South Side and leaving the scene of the accident.

Jason Anthony Douglas, 19, is charged with causing an accident resulting in serious injury, aggravated assault, DUI and underage drinking. The incident occurred just before 2 a.m. at East Carson Street and 22nd Street, according to a Pittsburgh Police criminal complaint.

Officers were performing DUI checkpoints in the area when a witness told them he'd seen a silver Pontiac sedan with a missing front driver's side headlight fleeing inbound on East Carson Street after striking a man later identified as Christopher Paul, no age available.

A tow truck driver with McGann and Chester caught up with the sedan near 18th Street in the South Side and followed it until the sedan's driver parked on Sarah Street, where arriving police officers ordered the driver out of the car.

The driver, identified as Douglas, stumbled from the sedan and nearly fell, according to the affidavit. His breath smelled strongly of alcohol, and officers had to help him stand, the affidavit states.

"Hey I play for Pitt football. ... Please don't arrest me," Douglas told the officers, according to the affidavit.

Douglas' eyes were also bloodshot and glassy.

According to the Pitt football's roster, Douglas is a freshman running back from Opa-locka, Fla. No bond information was available for Douglas and it wasn't known if he has an attorney.

The victim was taken to UPMC Mercy Hospital, Uptown, with head injuries. An update on his condition was not available.

Douglas was given a breath alcohol test at the scene, registering .178 percent.

Pitt head football Coach Dave Wannstedt announced today that Douglas has been suspended indefinitely from all team activities, according to E.J. Borghetti, senior associate athletic director of media relations.

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