More charges for UVa’s Lalich


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By Bryan McKenzie

Published: September 5, 2008

Starting University of Virginia football quarterback Pete Lalich admitted to court officials that he used marijuana and alcohol while on supervised probation for an underage drinking charge, according to Charlottesville General District Court documents.

Lalich is being charged with failure to obey a court order while on probation, based on his admission, the documents show.

The documents show that on Aug. 26 Lalich admitted to using alcohol and marijuana. The voluntary admission came during a regular probation interview with officials from the office of Offender Aid and Restoration/Virginia Alcohol Safety Program.

Lalich was unable to provide a urine sample that day for drug testing, according to the documents. However, on Aug. 27, he returned to the office and provided a sample that proved negative for alcohol and drugs.

Lalich is scheduled for a hearing on the charge Sept. 26, records show.

Virginia plays the University of Richmond at Scott Stadium this afternoon, and Lalich is expected to start at quarterback.

UVa’s athletics department declined to discuss Lalich’s court case, but issued a statement Friday afternoon:

“We will not comment at this time. Peter Lalich has a scheduled court date and it would be premature to comment prior to the resolution of the matter that is pending before the court,” the statement said.

Lalich was arrested at 13th Street Northwest and Wertland Street on July 13 and given a summons for possession or purchase of alcohol while being underage. During a July 21 hearing in General District Court, Lalich was given deferred judgment on the charge, providing he completed supervised probation. He also had his driver’s license suspended until Aug. 8, 2009, court records show.

The football team has had a difficult year with some of its personnel. UVa’s previous starting quarterback, Jameel Sewell, did not return to classes in the spring due to academic issues. Others who did not return in January were Darnell Carter, Chris Cook and Chris Dalton.

In March, cornerback Mike Brown was arrested by UVa police and charged with one count each of grand larceny, possession of stolen property with intent to sell, altering serial numbers and possession of marijuana. He had been charged in connection with a fraternity house brawl in 2006 that included former Cavalier Vince Redd. Redd was later kicked off the team, attended Liberty University and now plays for the New England Patriots of the National Football League.

Brown was officially released from the UVa team on Aug. 3.

In April, J’Courtney Williams, a linebacker, was arrested for credit card fraud in connection with a card that was taken from a student at a UVa aquatics center. Williams had been previously charged in February with marijuana possession.

In July, UVa linemen Will Barker and Dave Roberts were charged with stealing beer from a cooler at Club 216 in downtown Charlottesville.

Roberts also faces charges of purchasing alcohol while a minor and possession of a fake identification. Both are scheduled to appear in court Oct. 6. 

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