UH Linebacker suspended indefinitely after DUI arrest

Alema Tachibana
Alema Tachibana

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - University of Hawaii junior linebacker Alema Tachibana, 21, is pleading not guilty to a drunken-driving charge.

Tachibana's attorney entered the plea on his behalf in court on Monday.

Tachibana who was arrested last month was suspended indefinitely from all football-related activities, pending the completion of the judicial process surrounding his case. The suspension is effective immediately.

"We are extremely disappointed with the choice that Alema made that night and certainly will not condone his actions," head coach Norm Chow said. "He will not be a part of the on-field football activities but not be removed from his academic responsibilities and will continue to receive his athletic aid."

Tachibana has two years of eligibility remaining. The Kahuku, O'ahu native has played sparingly the past two seasons for the Warriors.

Tachibana's trial is scheduled for Oct. 15.

Earlier this month, UH punter Alex Dunnachie was arrested for the same alleged offense.

Also, back-up quarterback Cayman Shutter has pleaded no contest to drunk driving on the H1 freeway back in March.

Shutter is suspended for the first four games of the season.

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