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ECU punter charged with DWI, fleeing

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ECU's Austin Barnes during their game against BYU on Oct. 21, 2017. (Molly Mathis/The Daily Reflector)

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The Daily Reflector

Monday, November 20, 2017

East Carolina punter Austin Barnes was suspended indefinitely Monday following his arrest early Sunday morning.

Barnes, a graduate transfer from Eastern Michigan, was charged by state police with DWI, fleeing/eluding arrest and having no operator’s license. According to police, he was booked at 3:27 a.m. on Sunday and posted a $2,000 bond.

"Representing East Carolina University is a privilege, and any behavior that's not in accordance with that is unacceptable," ECU head coach Scottie Montgomery said in a statement Monday. "We have conduct standards and expectations in place for our program for a reason and it's disappointing when individuals choose not to be accountable for their teammates, especially those who are perceived to be in leadership roles."

Barnes ranks 19th nationally with an average of 44.0 yards per punt. Either junior Caleb Pratt or sophomore Jake Verity will handle punts on Saturday at Memphis.

— The Daily Reflector

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