Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Huskers DE Eric Martin cited by police
By Adam Rittenberg
Nebraska has avoided off-field problems for most of the season, but this past weekend wasn't a great one for the Huskers.
Defensive end Eric Martin was cited by police Sunday for leaving the scene of an accident and failing to furnish information after allegedly backing his car into a parked vehicle in a Walmart parking lot late Saturday night.
From the Lincoln Journal Star:
The 20-year-old Martin was driving a 1997 Oldsmobile Aurora when, according to a police report, he backed from his parking stall and struck the rear bumper of an unoccupied 2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo in the Walmart parking lot at 4700 N. 27th St.
According to a witness account in the police report, Martin backed into the Monte Carlo and "stopped, looked around, and then left the scene." An 18-year-old female passenger in Martin's vehicle told police she and Martin didn't think the parked car was damaged. The total damage to the Monte Carlo was estimated at $2,000, according to the report, while the damage to the Oldsmobile Aurora was estimated at $500.
Martin's citation was the second off-field incident involving a Nebraska player during the weekend. Starting center Mike Caputo was cited by police early Sunday on suspicion of DUI after being found slumped over the wheel of a running car. Police said Caputo's blood-alcohol content was .103, above the state's legal limit of .08.
The charge against Martin is a Class II misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.
Martin has appeared in 11 games this season, starting two, and has 22 tackles, including three for loss and two sacks.
Nebraska is currently preparing for its upcoming Capital One Bowl meeting with South Carolina on Jan. 2 in Orlando.