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Pitt Backup Running Back Jason Douglas Suspended After DUI

Pitt third-string running back Jason Douglas has been suspended after a hit and run incident. Douglas reportedly struck a pedestrian while driving in the South Side of Pittsburgh early Sunday morning.

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After apparently fleeing the scene, Douglas was caught by a tow truck (huh?) and police arrived shortly thereafter. From there, it wasn't good:

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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.

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

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Douglas' eyes were also bloodshot and glassy.

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This is not only the type of incident that could get him suspended for several games, but maybe even kicked out of the program entirely. Hitting a pedestrian while driving under the influence (when you're underage, no less) and then fleeing the scene? That doesn't sound good.

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Pitt is really having some serious off-field issues. It started when Elijah Fields was booted from the team earlier this year, then came Jabaal Sheard's assault charges, and now this. Head coach Dave Wannstedt really needs to reign this in and that could mean making an example of Douglas. That may be easier to do since Douglas is only the third-string running back right now and figured to play little this year.

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Another factor might be how injured the man is and from the Trib report, it sounds like his injuries may be serious.

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Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.