Austin Whipple, age 22, stands before Judge Tom Estes this morning in Eastern Hampshire District Court
Only a week after our Select Board publicly discussed hosting a recognition/celebration for the steller performance of Amherst native Michael Hixon at the Rio Olympics another college aged student athlete was arraigned in Eastern Hampshire District Court on a charge of drunk driving.
Austin Whipple, son of UMass football coach Mark Whipple, had a Blood Alcohol Concentration of .24, which is THREE TIMES the legal limit. And yes it was the legally admissable chemical test taken back at APD headquarters.
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So rather then hiring a high priced DUI attorney his family should save their money and take the 24D plea deal because with evidence like that his chance of beating the rap is less than zero.
And as a means of restoring his public reputation perhaps Coach Whipple should have him speak to area high schools and the incoming UMass freshman class about the dangers of alcohol.
Especially now that UMass is initiating a Party Registration program that could use some widespread publicity.
UMass starts September 6