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Montana men's basketball grad assistant had blood alcohol over 2 times the legal limit, records say

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Posted at 7:03 PM, Jan 21, 2020

UPDATE: 2:30 p.m. - 1-22-2020

Jordan Gregory appeared in Missoula Municipal Court on Wednesday and pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor aggravated DUI.

(first report: 7:03 p.m. - 1-21-2020)

MISSOULA -- University of Montana men's basketball graduate assistant Jordan Gregory had a blood alcohol level of 0.165 percent, more than double the legal limit of .08 when he was pulled over Sunday, according to Missoula Police Department records which were obtained by MTN Sports on Tuesday.

Gregory, 27, has yet to make a court appearance for a misdemeanor charge of aggravated DUI.

While driving at Stephens Ave. and W. Beckwith St., Gregory was stopped at approximately 1:40 a.m. on Sunday for failing to maintain a travel lane, according to the affidavit filed by the arresting officer.

When approached, Gregory said he had "not had anything to drink," according to the affidavit. The officer wrote that they could smell alcohol and that Gregory's eyes were "red and watery, and his speech was slow and slurred."

The affidavit said Gregory ultimately admitted that he had a couple of drinks and the officer asked him to participate in a field sobriety test, which Gregory agreed to. After showing signs of impairment during the tests, Gregory was arrested and taken to the Missoula County Detention Center. There, Gregory "provided a breath sample," which returned a blood alcohol level of 0.165. Gregory was then booked for aggravated DUI.

The offense is Gregory's first. If convicted, the punishment for a first-time offender is a $1,000 fine and a minimum jail sentence of 48 hours to a maximum of one year.

“We are aware of the incident involving Jordan,” UM athletic director Kent Haslam told MTN Sports on Monday. “He is still a graduate assistant with the basketball program but will not be with them this week when they play at Idaho State and Weber State. What happens beyond that is still to be decided.”

Gregory joined Montana as a grad assistant in the fall after a four-year pro basketball career overseas. He played for Montana from 2011-15 and was a three-year starter and scored 1,234 career points with the Griz.