University of Texas football legend Vince Young missed a court appearance Monday on a DWI charge because he is sick, his attorney said.
His next appearance is scheduled for Feb. 1, which will be more than one year since Young was pulled over on the North Interstate 35 service road before midnight on Jan. 24, 2016. Police say Young was driving erratically and also struggled to complete a field sobriety test. Young, who quarterbacked Texas to the 2005 national championship, admitted to having three or four beers. He was able to keep his job at the university, which pays him $100,000 a year to recruit minority students.
Young has yet to appear on the DWI charge, but was supposed to be in court Monday. Attorney Robert Mueller told the American-Statesman that Young is feeling sick. Mueller was standing in for Young’s attorney, Dick DeGuerin, who practices in Houston.
Young, 33, avoided media after his arrest when a woman violated jail protocol by picking up Young in a garage and driving off. Jail protocol is to release people by having them walk outside the jail through a front entrance. A spokesman for the sheriff’s department chalked it up to an error in judgment by a new supervisor.
Young later took to Facebook to speak out against drinking and driving.