Toussaint pleads guilty to operating while visibly impaired

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By Austen Hufford, Daily Staff Reporter
Published August 28, 2012

Michigan redshirt junior running back Fitzgerald Toussaint pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of “operating motor vehicle when visibly impaired” at Saline’s 14A District Court on Tuesday.

Toussaint was initially charged with the more severe misdemeanor of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. He was pulled over on July 21 after running a red light in downtown Ann Arbor. He subsequently recorded a .12 blood alcohol concentration, which is above Michigan's legal driving limit of .08.

Toussaint was suspended from the team shortly after his arrest but resumed practicing in fall camp on August 13. Head coach Brady Hoke has not yet said if Toussaint will play in Saturday's opening game versus Alabama. The Athletic Department declined to comment, saying Hoke will address the media tomorrow.

On Monday, though, when asked if Toussaint's legal proceedings will affect his status for Saturday's game, Hoke said, "No."

The sentencing hearing is scheduled for October 23. By pleading guilty to operating when visibly impaired, Toussaint faces a smaller maximum sentence. He could receive up to a $300 fine, 93 days in jail, 360 hours of community service and up to 90 days of driving restrictions.