Illinois DT Pleads Not Guilty to DUI Charges

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Illinois defensive tackle Josh Brent has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges of driving under the influence and driving on a suspended license.

Brent's appearance in court Monday came after his Saturday
arrest prompted Illinois coach Ron Zook to suspend the 21-year-old
from the team indefinitely.

Brent played in 10 games last fall as a sophomore. He had 34
tackles, 8 1/2 tackles for loss and 1 1/2 sacks.

The Champaign County state's attorney's office says police on
Saturday also discovered a warrant for Brent's arrest for failing
to appear in a Livingston County court on an earlier charge of
driving on a suspended license.

Prosecutors say Brent's blood alcohol level Saturday was .114 -
well over the .08 legal limit.

Brent's next court date in Champaign County is April 30. He's
also due in a Livingston County courtroom on March 23.