Maryland assistant Dalonte Hill to take leave of absence after DUI arrest

Maryland assistant Dalonte Hill to take leave of absence after DUI arrest
October 22, 2013, 1:45 pm
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Maryland assistant basketball coach Dalonte Hill was arrested Sunday and booked on a charge of driving while under the influence of alcohol, along with four other related charges, court records show.

According to those court records, Hill was stopped by police on North Laurel Road in Laurel, Md. shortly before 9 p.m. on Sunday night.

He now faces charges of driving a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, attempting to drive a vehicle while impaired by alcohol, attempting to drive a vehicle while impaired by drugs or alcohol or alcohol and drugs, attempting to drive a vehicle while impaired by controlled dangerous substance, and failure to control vehicle speed on highway to avoid collision.

This is not Hill's first run-in with the law on DUI charges. He pleaded guilty to a charge of driving while impaired by alcohol in 2012 and received probation.

Hill will take a leave of absence from the program, the school announced in a statement on Tuesday. According to a program spokesman, he remains on staff at this time.

"I appreciate the support and encouragement I've received from Coach Turgeon and the athletic department," Hill said in a release. "But at this time it is in my best interest to take a leave of absence from the Maryland basketball program and focus my attention on some personal matters that need to be dealt with immediately."

"We will support him through this process," Turgeon said in a statement. "We want him to focus on his personal life. Basketball is secondary at this point. His primary focus needs to be on his health and well-being."

"I accept Dalonte's decision to take a leave of absence," Maryland AD Kevin Anderson said in the release. "We've encouraged him to take the time he needs to address these personal issues."

Hill has been on head coach Mark Turgeon's staff with the Terrapins for the past two seasons. 

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