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UK says attorneys’ mistake led to arrest warrant for Chris Rodriguez

Chris Rodriguez, who is poised to become Kentucky’s all-time rushing leader in the fall, has a warrant issued for his arrest after failing to appear in court on a first-offense DUI charge Friday. (SEC Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. (KT) – A warrant was issued for Kentucky football player Chris Rodriguez who failed to appear at a scheduled court date Friday afternoon but UK officials have said the mistake was made by his attorneys.

Judge Denotra Gunter issued a warrant for Rodriguez’s arrest and added a $200 fine.

Kentucky spokesperson Susan Lax said school officials “have confirmed with Chris’ attorneys that this was a scheduling mistake in their office.

“Chris was specifically advised by his attorneys not to attend (the hearing) because they (the attorneys) would (attend on his behalf),” she said. “They are working diligently to get it corrected.”

Rodriguez was charged with DUI (first offense), careless driving and driving with no tail lamps. Rodriguez was pulled over by police at 3:15 a.m. Sunday morning after he was observed driving without his taillights turned on.

According to the citation, the vehicle wasn’t “maintaining its designed operating lane” and it took a “delayed amount of time” for the vehicle to pull over. Rodriguez was observed with “red and watery (eyes and) his speech was slurred” and smelled of alcohol. He was arrested and admitted to consuming “one or two shots” of alcohol, according to the citation.

Rodriguez is poised to become Kentucky’s all-time leading rusher next season and is the Southeastern Conference leading returning rusher next season. He rushed for 1,379 yards and nine touchdowns to lead the Wildcats to a 10-3 record and a win over Iowa in the Citrus Bowl.

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Keith Taylor
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