According to FOX 2 WJBK in Detroit, Michigan Associate Athletic Director in charge of Football Jim Minick was arrested on suspicion of a DUI in Pittsfield Township (Mich.) at roughly 2:30 a.m. The arrest was made when Police arrived at the intersection Airport Blvd. and State Street in response to a report of a single car crash. Minick told the police he swerved to avoid car that entered his lane, and then proceeded to swerve into a ditch.
Minick reportedly refused to submit to a breathalyzer, prompting police to draw blood for a toxicology test. No charges have been filed yet, but they could come later depending upon the results of the test that could take up to week to come back.
On Wednesday, Minick released this statement to FOX 2:
"I'm not going to make any excuses," he said in his statement to FOX2. "I'll face the consequences of my actions. I regret the difficult position in which this has put my family and my employer."
Michigan's athletic department also released this statement to FOX2:
"Jim made us aware of the situation and he has taken responsibility for his actions," Michigan athletic department said in a release to FOX2. "The athletic department understands the serious nature of this situation. We are still learning details and will let the process move forward."
Minick, 50, joined Michigan in January shortly after Michigan hired Harbaugh. The two are longtime friends dating back to the third grade. Minick is the son of former Washtenaw County Sheriff Tom Minick, who served two terms in the late 70's and early 80's. While Harbaugh went on to college and professional fame on the gridiron, Minick went on to a decorated career in the United States Marine Corps before retiring after achieving the rank of Colonel.
Moments ago Harbaugh released a statement on the matter.
"Jim Minick made a regrettable decision last week and was arrested for operating a vehicle while intoxicated," Harbaugh said. "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."