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Update on Floyd

Receiver faces DWI charge

Notre Dame receiver Michael Floyd had a blood-alcohol level of more the twice the legal limit when he was pulled over Sunday morning at the entrance of the university's campus, authorities said.

Floyd, 21, was pulled over in a white Cadillac by a Notre Dame Security Police Officer after the junior ran a stop sign, according to a probable cause affidavit filed by St. Joseph County deputy prosecutor Chris Daniels on Monday.

Floyd registered a blood-alcohol level of 0.19 percent after he failed three field sobriety tests, according to the affidavit. Indiana's legal limit for driving is 0.08 percent. The report also said the receiver failed three field sobriety tests.

Floyd was arrested after 4 a.m. Sunday and booked in the South Bend county jail. He was released about seven hours later on $500 bond, according to The Associated Press.

Floyd faces charges of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, a Class A misdemeanor. A possible penalty of the charge is imprisonment for a fixed term of not more than a year.

Floyd is scheduled to appear in court on May 2. Notre Dame begins spring football practice Wednesday, and the annual Blue-Gold game is April 16.

This is Floyd's second alcohol-related brush with the law in two years. On Jan. 8, 2010, he received a citation for underage drinking in Minneapolis.

Notre Dame's Office of Residence Life will likely handle the initial disciplinary action against Floyd. That body has suspended players for a full season in the past, such as the case of former Irish tight end Will Yeatman.

Yeatman was suspended for the 2008 season after a second alcohol-related offense, and he ended up transferring to Maryland.

"The University is aware of this incident and is confident that local law enforcement agencies will handle it in a prompt, thorough and professional manner," university spokesman Dennis Brown said in a statement. "As for internal discipline, while we do not publicly discuss specific cases, it is well known that Notre Dame has high standards for student conduct, takes these matters seriously, follows the facts where they lead, and, when necessary, institutes appropriate sanctions at the appropriate time."

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly is expected to release a statement about the incident involving Floyd today, and he will meet with the media at 1 p.m. Tuesday to discuss spring practice.

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