Suspended BYU linebacker Francis Bernard was arrested and booked into the Utah County Jail early Saturday morning on suspicion of DUI. Bernard was arrested by the Utah County Sheriff’s Office and booked on three total charges, including the DUI charge. It was a charge of driving under the influence and reckless driving and clarifies that the charged was allegedly “driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or a combination of both or with specified or unsafe blood alcohol concentration” according to the Utah Penal Code. He was also charged with driving without a valid license and failure to have proper registration. Here’s a picture of Bernard’s booking on the Utah County Jail website:
According to the Sheriff’s office, Bernard was pulled over in Vineyard early Saturday morning at 1:10 a.m. by a deputy for having an expired registration on his vehicle. He was then taken into custody on the suspicion of DUI and booked into the Utah County Jail.
Jail records show that Bernard was booked at 2:30 a.m. MDT on Saturday, October 21 and released at 4 a.m. the same day. What this means with regards to his status at BYU as Bernard was redshirting this season due to previous disciplinary issues has not been announced.
BYU officials confirmed that Bernard was not enrolled in classes for fall semester at the school.
Jay Drew of the Salt Lake Tribune reported that Bernard’s blood-alcohol level was .09 percent. The legal limit in the state of Utah is .08 percent. Additionally, former BYU safety Marvin Hifo was a passenger in the car and was cited for having an open container of alcohol according the UCSO PIO Sgt. Spencer Cannon.
UPDATE – BYU head coach Kalani Sitake announced Monday morning that Bernard had requested a release “a couple weeks back” and had been granted that release. Sitake also said that Hifo decided to leave the program after getting injured earlier in the season.