For the second time in three months, a University of Hawaii football player was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving (source - Star Advertiser).
Reid 'Alema' Tachibana, a backup linebacker from Kahuku High School, was arrested at 4:55 AM Saturday morning (June 16th) at the intersection of Likelike Highway and Kamehameha IV Road just north of Honolulu in Kahili, Hawaii. Tachibana, 23, was later released after posting $500 bail and is scheduled to appear in District Court on July 16.
Tachibana is the second player on the football squad to be arrested this year for driving under the influence. Quarterback Cayman Shutter was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving this past March (see related articles). He was then suspended indefinitely by head coach Norm Chow. Shutter recently pled no contest to the drunk-driving charge.
Shutter was given a four-game suspension and will miss the opening-season USC Trojan contest (see related articles) as well as home-opener Lamar, Mountain West Conference opener against the Nevada Wolf Pack and their non-conference road game in Provo, Utah, versus BYU. It is not known if or when Tachibana will be disciplined likewise.
New head coach Norm Chow had said last week after announcing Shutter's suspension that he hoped the occurrence with Shutter would be an example for the rest of the team: "It's unfortunate what happened but hopefully this serves as a lesson to the rest of the team that their actions - on and off the field - may result in stiff penalties."
Former Red Raider
Tachibana is a fourth-year junior entering the 2012 season. He is 6'2" and 215 pounds and had been projected to be used as a defensive lineman but has been moved to linebacker. He played both positions in high school for the vaunted Red Raiders of Kahuku, on the North Shore. Kahuku is one of the perennial powerhouses in Hawaii prep football.
Originally, Tachibana was recruited by the Utah Utes back in '08 and had given them a verbal commitment before signing with former head coach Greg McMackin and the Warriors. After redshirting, he played in a few early contests in 2010 but did not compete in any games during the 2011 season. He is a very quick and athletic player and planned to play defensive end but possibly because of his lack of size, he is now listed at linebacker.
At this time, there's no word on the Tachibana situation from Chow. The Hawaii Warriors open training camp for the 2012 football season on August 1.
Sources - University of Hawaii, Honolulu Advertiser
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