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Florida Track And Field's Gray Horn Suspended After DUI Arrest

Gray Horn is on the far right, kneeling.
Gray Horn is on the far right, kneeling.

One of the brightest stars of Florida's track and field program has been decathlete Gray Horn, an NCAA champion in the event in 2009. But Horn has been suspended in advance of this weekend's SEC Outdoor Championships, according to GTN's Julie Quittner, and Gator Country's Thomas Goldkamp digs up Horn's April 14 mugshot from an arrest on a charge of driving under the influence.

Horn was arrested by the Alachua County Sheriff's Office at 3:39 a.m. on April 14, a Saturday, and charged with violating Florida Statute 316.193, which can be for driving while obviously impaired or producing a blood-alcohol content of 0.08 or higher. A DUI conviction in Florida carries with it up to six months of imprisonment, a fine of between $500 and $1,000, and an ignition interlock device that makes driving really annoying.

The weekend of April 13-15 was the only one of the outdoor track season in which Florida did not compete. Horn did compete in the discus and javelin throw in the April 19 Tom Jones Memorial Classic.

Horn is the three-time defending champion in the decathlon at the SEC Outdoor Championships. At 8:16 p.m. on April 14, Horn tweeted: "Just like every other hardship I've ever faced, I'll find a way."