Missouri head football coach Gary Pinkel was arrested Wednesday night for DWI

Pinkel was cooperative, posted $500 bail and was r

COLUMBIA, Mo. - Mizzou head football coach Gary Pinkel was arrested Wednesday night for a DWI, according to police in Columbia.

"I am very disappointed in myself for my lack of judgment in this instance," Pinkel said in a statement released by the university. "Nobody should drink and drive, including me."

Boone County Sheriff's deputies pulled Pinkel over around 10 p.m., police said.

Pinkel was cooperative, posted $500 bail and was released. It was his first offense.

Mizzou athletics director Mike Alden said the university was "extremely disappointed" in Pinkel's lack of judgment.

"He is known as a man with great character and integrity," Alden said. "However, this absolutely goes against everything we stand for, and everything that he teaches his players in regards to our social responsibilities."

Pinkel said he met with some friends for dinner after practice, and the traffic stop came after that dinner.

"My staff and I constantly reinforce with each of our players the importance of not putting yourself into a position such as this," Pinkel said. "I did not follow that here and for that, I sincerely apologize to the University of Missouri, to our administration, to the Board of Curators and to our fans."

Alden said the university is gathering facts, and will "take action appropriately, and when those actions are determined, we will communicate them publicly."

Alden planned a 4 p.m. news conference to meet with members of the media about Pinkel's arrest.

Statement from Head Football Coach Gary Pinkel
"Last night after practice, I met some friends for dinner. After dinner, I was stopped by a Boone County officer and received a citation for impaired driving. First and foremost, I am very disappointed in myself for my lack of judgment in this instance. Nobody should drink and drive, including me. My staff and I constantly reinforce with each of our players the importance of not putting yourself into a position such as this. I did not follow that here and for that, I sincerely apologize to the University of Missouri, to our administration, to the Board of Curators and to our fans. I have already met with our staff and communicated with our players and have apologized to them. I accept full responsibility for my actions and will abide by whatever course of action our leadership deems appropriate."

Statement from Director of Athletics Mike Alden
"We are extremely disappointed in Gary's lack of judgment. He is known as a man with great character and integrity. However, this absolutely goes against everything we stand for, and everything that he teaches his players in regards to our social responsibilities. We hold ourselves to very high standards, and this is a very serious breach of those responsibilities. We are gathering facts and will take action appropriately, and when those actions are determined, we will communicate them publicly."

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