West Virginia lineman Adam Pankey arrested for DUI

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West Virginia guard <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/ncaaf/players/216017/" data-ylk="slk:Adam Pankey">Adam Pankey</a>, left, has started 25 games over the past two seasons. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
West Virginia guard Adam Pankey, left, has started 25 games over the past two seasons. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

It has been a tough few days for West Virginia football.

Two days after it was announced that safety Dravon Askew-Henry, the team’s leading returning tackler, would miss the season because of a knee injury, another starter, guard Adam Pankey, was arrested early Sunday morning for DUI. The details are not pretty.

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From the Charleston Gazette-Mail:

Police found Pankey’s car upside down off the road with Pankey still inside. Pankey was pulled from the vehicle with minor injuries and wasn’t taken to the hospital. He was instead taken into custody and charged before being released on bond.

According to West Virginia Metro News, the 22-year-old Pankey had a blood-alcohol level of .147, well above the legal limit of .08.

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The 6-foot-5, 316-pound Pankey started a combined 25 games at left guard over the past two seasons. He also appeared in eight games as a reserve tackle in 2013, his redshirt freshman season. He was the Mountaineers’ first-team left guard during a scrimmage on Saturday.

“I have been made aware of the situation and am gathering the facts at this time,” WVU head coach Dana Holgorsen said in a statement Sunday morning. “When all the facts are in I will take appropriate action.”

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The Mountaineers open up their season at home against Missouri on Sept. 3.

For more West Virginia news, visit WVSports.com.

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