NU's Biggs pleads no contest to DUI charge

2013-04-11T18:40:00Z 2013-04-11T21:31:15Z NU's Biggs pleads no contest to DUI chargeBy BRIAN ROSENTHAL / Lincoln Journal STar JournalStar.com

Nebraska men’s basketball coach Tim Miles said he hasn’t determined a specific punishment for guard Deverell Biggs, but that the junior guard will face a suspension for  games after being ticketed in December for driving under the influence.

Biggs on Thursday pleaded no contest to the charge and was sentenced to nine months' probation and fined $300.

Miles said he wanted to take his time before deciding on any final penalties for Biggs, noting Thursday was just a starting point in his decision-making process.

“I want to make this an educational experience for Deverell,” Miles said, “and see how he handles this process, and we’ll go from there.”

A 6-foot-1 guard from Omaha, Biggs redshirted last season after transferring from Seward County (Kan.) Community College.

According to an Omaha Police report, Biggs, 20, was stopped at a stoplight at 15th and Howard streets in his 2001 Chevy Suburban at 1:35 a.m. on Dec. 30.

The male driver of a 2011 Mercedes waiting behind Biggs told police that Biggs remained at the light through several light changes, then put his Suburban into reverse and backed into the man’s car.

The man told police Biggs got out of the vehicle and spoke with him briefly, but that Biggs drove away before exchanging any information.

Police stopped Biggs at 30th and Lake streets about 45 minutes later, impounded his vehicle and took him to police headquarters, where his blood-alcohol level was measured at 0.134 percent, according to the police report. The legal limit in Nebraska is 0.08.

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