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UM director of football operations suspended after DUI arrest

The Detroit News

Michigan director of football operations Jim Minick has been suspended indefinitely after being arrested on suspicion of drunken driving during the weekend.

FOX 2 Detroit first reported the arrest, which resulted from a single-vehicle crash in Pittsfield Township early Saturday morning.

"Jim Minick made a regrettable decision last week and was arrested for operating a vehicle while intoxicated," UM football coach Jim Harbaugh said in a statement released Wednesday. "Jim makes no excuses, regrets this decision and understands the consequences for his actions.

"Due to the serious nature of this event, Jim Minick has been suspended indefinitely and we ask for your understanding while we address the situation."

The accident occurred around 2:30 a.m. Saturday at Airport Boulevard and State Street, south of Interstate 94, where police found a 2015 GMC Yukon in a ditch, Pittsfield Township Public Safety deputy chief Gordon Schick said.

Minick told authorities he crashed after another vehicle cut him off. The other vehicle left the scene, he said.

"The officer suspected he was operating under the influence. He refused a Breathalyzer," Schick said.

Minick, who was not injured, was taken into custody and released. Schick said the investigation is ongoing. Authorities will wait for results of blood test, which could take a week to a month, before formal charges are filed.

Harbaugh hired Minick, a retired U.S. Marines colonel and longtime friend, in January. In March, the pair came to the aid of two motorists in a rollover crash on Interstate 94 in Ann Arbor until medical personnel could arrive.