Hughes apol­o­gizes for drunk driv­ing charge

‘Em­bar­rass­ing mo­ment’ could keep Rid­ers star on side­line against Stamps

Calgary Herald - - CITY+REGION - MUR­RAY MCCORMICK

REGINA An apolo­getic Charleston Hughes met with the me­dia on Wed­nes­day to dis­cuss his im­paired driv­ing charge.

“At this point, the only state­ment I re­ally have is to apol­o­gize to my team­mates, my fans and the staff of the or­ga­ni­za­tion,” the 34-year-old de­fen­sive end said after prac­tic­ing with the Saskatchewan Roughrid­ers at Mo­saic Sta­dium.

“It’s kind of em­bar­rass­ing to go through a sit­u­a­tion like this. We’re sup­posed to be fo­cus­ing on foot­ball right now, and when some­thing like this comes up, you re­ally feel like it takes away from what we’re sup­posed to be fo­cus­ing on. I’m just try­ing to han­dle ev­ery­thing the best way I can and take all the le­gal ad­vice that I’m given, and re­ally just try to fo­cus on the next move.”

Hughes, a for­mer star for the Cal­gary Stam­ped­ers, de­clined to dis­cuss specifics re­gard­ing the sit­u­a­tion. He was charged with im­paired driv­ing and re­fus­ing to pro­vide a breath sam­ple for anal­y­sis on Oct. 11 at 2 a.m. in Regina.

Ac­cord­ing to the Regina Po­lice Ser­vice (RPS), of­fi­cers were dis­patched in re­sponse to a re­port of a sus­pi­cious ve­hi­cle in the area of Ring Road and the Al­bert Street north over­pass.

A run­ning truck was found at the side of the road. The man in the truck didn’t re­spond to po­lice.

The man, later iden­ti­fied as Hughes, was roused and taken out of the ve­hi­cle, say po­lice. The of­fi­cers sus­pected al­co­hol in­tox­i­ca­tion. Hughes was trans­ported to RPS head­quar­ters, where he was charged with im­paired driv­ing and fail­ure to pro­vide a breath sam­ple for anal­y­sis.

Hughes was re­leased from cus­tody with a no­tice to ap­pear in Regina Pro­vin­cial Court on Oct. 31. The Rid­ers have yet to an­nounce whether he’ll play on Satur­day in Cal­gary against his for­mer team.

In the mean­time, Hughes is hop­ing to move ahead. He ex­pressed grat­i­tude for the sup­port he has re­ceived.

“Ev­ery­body has been pretty much ral­ly­ing around me and ral­ly­ing be­hind me on this, and just kind of sup­port­ing me the best way they can,” he said.

“I’m ap­pre­cia­tive of every­one, even across the league, re­ally. A lot of play­ers have reached out for me and know that I’m feel­ing not so happy right now.

“I’m kind of in an em­bar­rass­ing mo­ment, an em­bar­rass­ing spot. I’m re­ally just try­ing to fo­cus on this next game com­ing up and try­ing to keep my mind in the right place.”

Hughes faces a fine and a driv­ing sus­pen­sion if found guilty of the charges.

It’s kind of em­bar­rass­ing to go through a sit­u­a­tion like this. We’re sup­posed to be fo­cus­ing on foot­ball right now.

THE CANA­DIAN PRESS/FILES

It re­mains to be seen if Roughrid­ers pass rusher Charleston Hughes, seen here in his days with the Stamps, will face his for­mer team on Satur­day after be­ing charged with im­paired driv­ing.

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