IU sophomore Hanner Mosquera-Perea arrested

  • 02/14/2014 10:05 am in

Indiana sophomore forward Hanner Mosquera-Perea was arrested early this morning and charged with two class A misdemeanors, according to a spokesperson at the Monroe County Jail.

Mosquera-Perea was booked at 4:45 a.m. on charges of operating while intoxicated endangerment and operating with a blood alcohol content above .15, according to the Monroe County Jail.

“We’re aware of it, we’re in the process of getting more information,” Indiana coach Tom Crean said this morning on a teleconference. “It’s a disappointing shock to all of us. At the same time, we’re waiting to learn more about it. I don’t have an update on anything other than that.”

Crean said he wasn’t aware of the situation until 8:15 a.m. this morning.

The 6-foot-9, 225 pound Colombia native is averaging 2.9 points and 2.3 rebounds in eight minutes per game this season.

The Hoosiers are 14-10 overall, 4-7 in the Big Ten and play Purdue on Saturday at 4 p.m. ET at Mackey Arena.

Update, via Jordan Littman: According to Craig Munroe of the IU Police Department, this incident occurred at 3:11 a.m. as officer Kyle Moulden was driving on Dunn Street near the intersection of Third Street. This was where Mosquera-Perea was stopped at a red light, trying to turn left onto Third Street, a one-way street at that point.

This caught the officer’s attention, and Perea corrected himself once the light turned green. Driving 10-15 miles per hour, according to the officer, Perea proceeded down Atwater and struck the northside curb. He continued driving, swerving in and out of lines and again striking the curb near Ballantine Road. He was stopped at the 1200 block of E Atwater with a Blood Alcohol Content of more than twice the legal limit.

8:47 p.m. update: Crean just tweeted a statement regarding Mosquera-Perea, in it saying that he will not play at Purdue tomorrow and will be “withheld from competition indefinitely.”

His full statement: “I had a chance to speak with Hanner before we left for Purdue. The first things I told him were that we loved him and wanted to support him. We are disappointed in him but also disappointed for him. He knows he made some terrible choices which have turned into big mistakes. Hanner has let his family, loved ones and our program down and he knows that with choices come consequences. The law will handle some as will we. He will not be with us at Purdue and we will continue to work with him on a daily basis and will be withheld from competition indefinitely.”

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  • HoosierPat

    That’s totally irreverent. I’m not saying he’s a terrible person and we need to cast him away forever. I’m not saying he will never be successful because of one mistake. But it was a serious mistake and for that he needs to face some consequences.

  • trailrunner

    This is who you use as a role model?

  • BluegrassHoosier

    I think he was trying to drink off memory of that Penn State loss.

  • TomJameson

    If this is his first time … The 2 misdemeanors will probably drop to 1 and he’ll get probation and community service. Don’t downplay CS, it has literally changed lives depending on what it is.

    The real “punishment” will be what happens at IU. Probably suspension for 3 games (just a wag), and a type of probation there as well.

    The young man has to really buckle down, and rightly so. But all of this is my guess based on seeing this unfold a few times (not to me lol).

    Hopefully he stays, works his tail off, learns a life-long lesson, and becomes a productive young man on and off the court. I’m praying for you Hanner!

  • Snookafly

    “Can serve…” usually requires a lot of extenuating circumstance and not at all close to the reality of a first time offender. I worked for a long time in the legal biz and I couldn’t count the number of politicians, judges, lawyers, doctors, police chiefs, officers, etc. that have a DUI on their sheet. It’s a crime and you shouldn’t do it, but according to the law it’s not a “serious, serious offense.”

  • TomJameson

    A young man made a mistake. I think a lot of the consequence to that mistake is going to be up to him to endure through. His attitude will play a big part of it all, I’m sure. Right now he has a legal problem, and a future’s problem. I think he doesn’t need the problem of getting beat up by what should be a support team.

    If the behavior persists then I’m sure Crean, and the university, will take appropriate actions. But if he is contrite, truly sorry, and wants to make amends, then who are we to not help him along his road to being a better man? His overcoming this dumb mistake can be an inspiration to others to avoid these bad type of decisions.

    The future is not clear to any of us, but the possibilities are endless. I choose to hope for the best for, who I like to think, is a fine young man who just made a terrible mistake, and could use some help to fix things.

  • DUI’s up here in the State of Michigan, will cost you just about $5,000 and upgraded costs for getting a drivers license for about three to five years after. I do not know this from first hand experience, but I do have a relative (cousin)that got a DUI.. It is very costly financially… at least in Michigan it is.

  • Honestly C&C, I feel very badly for this guy. I know it’s a very bad thing to do.. and in today’s environment, you just can’t afford to be caught drinking and driving. However, I grew up in a time, when if a policeman stopped you and you had obviously had too much to drink.. They’d offer to drive you home. or even follow you home, to make sure you got home safely. Today, it’s a different world out there. While I have never been stopped, even in the old days, driving while drunk.. It can be a life changing experience. My ex-sister-in-law (my deceased brother’s widow), had a sister that was going home from her daughter’s wedding shower. Driving drunk, she blew through a stop sign and struck a car with a young couple in it.. She did

  • IU80

    You don’t even know the sequence, yet you post this nonsense. Grow up.

  • Nicholas Allen Cotner

    I have no sympathy for people who drive drunk. He needs to be suspended for at least a hand full of games

  • WhatsUpKnight

    doubt we’ll see him til next year. let’s hope he comes back stronger and more determined.

  • WhatsUpKnight

    totally agree! had a back-and-forth on that particular issue for at least an hour earlier today. i just hope CTC sends a strong enough message so that this doesn’t happen again. personally, i wouldn’t have blamed him if he kicked HP off the team.

  • Dagwoods

    Experienced the same thing. Always thought crawling back was a lot safer than driving back. Monroe County became the highest drunk driving counties in the state after the campus partying got shut down.

  • Dagwoods

    He’s going to get the punishment (and associated costs) through the court system, like anyone else. The better his past record, and infrequency of prior incidents, as well as the fact that no one got hurt this time, may get him a little leniency – JUST LIKE ANYONE ELSE. In addition to that, he’ll probably get something from IU – beyond everyone else. I’m sure it’ll work out the way its supposed to, but he’s not getting a slap on the wrist.

  • Dagwoods

    I believe Ray Tolbert was involved someway in the Tommy Baker incident. Ray probably told the truth and was given another chance. Also, lets no forget other players getting into trouble like Jay Edwards, Pat Knight, Tom Covedale & AJ Ratliff. Many make mistakes, few get caught, and plenty happened during Bob Knight’s watch.

  • MillaRed

    I hear you but I just don’t think its fair to Hanner. ITH has always frowned on peeps desire to dismiss kids from the program. Your post wasn’t terrible. Just not in the spirit if the site I’m thinking.

  • Dagwoods

    Just curious, how would you feel if a parent did that? Pack his kid’s bags and found good parents in a foster home for him, after one mistake? I believe the right thing will be done, but it will be (and should be) between Crean and him.

  • MillaRed

    Eh dude, go to Google and search “Purdue basketball” and see if there is something there that interests you. None of us are hanging out there. Because it wouldn’t make any sense.

    If you think it makes sense to hang out here please explain. But I ain’t gonna lie, it needs to be a Shakespearian effort for us to understand.

  • Dagwoods

    There is mandatory jail time on the second offense. DUI is also a very expensive offense to get through in this state, and that’s if no one gets hurt. If you kill someone while intoxicated, they throw the book at you, sounds pretty serious to me.

  • CTHoosiers

    First of all my condolences to people effected by drunk driving. Regardless of what should happen, what typically happens is that the player is suspended indefinately while courts deal with it. First time offenders usually plead down to a lesser charge and rejoin the team at that point. If convicted of the original charge, most are kicked off the team. Right or wrong, I expect IU to handle this in a very similar fashion.

  • Dagwoods

    I remember at least one mid season transfer under Knight. Don’t remember the name but he was a highly rated point guard that didn’t pan out. I thought Funderburke transferred out midseason too. It happens, we just have selective memory.

  • Snookafly

    Indiana pays tens of thousands of dollars, if not more every year to bring in musical acts that glorify and promote drug use for the students. There have been acts like Lil Wayne who get to play Assembly Hall while the whole stadium is getting blazed. Who pays for it?

    People talk about athletes like they’re property that should be thankful to everybody for their scholarship. Never mind they don’t drug test anyone who gets an academic scholarship or hold them to the same standards. Never mind these players have to excel both academics and sports. They work harder than most kids and make the University MILLIONS. Why can’t they enjoy themselves or even make the same mistakes as other people their age? Because it wrecks your illusion about who they are?

    Calling it Apples to Oranges is just an attempt to convince yourself your not a hypocrite. Jim James would laugh in your face.

  • bk39

    Tom, The states charges are first priority, IU’s would be second. As I am sure IU understands this and would not conflict any punishment with that of the state leaving Hanner with the choice of fulfilling ones punishment vs the other. I believe If Hanner fully cooperates and fulfills all requirements It would be overlooked as minor mistake. I hope Hanner knows people such as you will be praying for him and blessed be to you for your concern and care for this young man.

  • VAHoosier

    In most states, .15 is the level at which a DUI becomes “aggravated,” meaning there are usually some more severe sentencing requirements. So, the release uses .15 as a reference because that’s what the charging documents would have said. Hanner’s BAC was .15 or above, and if you believe the statement that it was more than twice the legal limit, then it was .17 or above. Which is pretty drunk.

  • William Hagenmaier

    How can you defend Hmp???? what if he had a wreck and killed someone??would you defend him just cause he’s a basketball playe????

  • William Hagenmaier

    IU is the laughing stock of the nation now

  • William Hagenmaier

    If this happened to a ky player would you feel the same????

  • William Hagenmaier

    stop making excuses

  • HannerTime Hoosier

    People make mistakes. If your daughter gets pregnant in high school do you disown Her?

  • yimyames

    now your comparing JJ to lil’ Wayne. Whatever dude.

  • TomJameson

    You’re right, and I shouldn’t have called the punishment from IU as the “real” punishment. First tier of punishment will come from the state. What I meant by the IU punishment is, that is where his peers are and the people he will likely face on a day-to-day basis. That is where his dedication to atonement and change will be assessed, and I hope he is heartfelt in his efforts.

    I say probation is more likely from the state because I think somebody in Hanner’s position can be a positive influence on others, to help them make the right decisions, and I believe the courts recognize this. That may even be part of his CS.

    The university would be better served to have a humbled and re-dedicated young to continue his education and CBB career.

  • INUnivHoosier

    Something can be taken seriously without being a “big deal.”

    He did something wrong, and it was something that could have caused other people to be injured or die. The reality is, though, nobody got hurt. He didn’t cause harm to anyone but himself and his reputation.

    When he wakes up tomorrow, he won’t be filled with regret for taking someone’s life. He won’t have to apologize to someone’s family for what he did (except his own.) It seems like he won’t even have to pay for damaged property. He won’t spend the rest of his life in jail. He may not even go to prison. He can use this event as a learning experience and become a better person. It won’t haunt him for the rest of his life.

    That sounds like not a big deal to me.

  • msquaredb

    Partying and chasing girls happens every year… on every team… everywhere. Probably even BYU haha

    I can tell you that last years team certainly enjoyed college and local nightlife 🙂

  • Outoftheloop

    Winning cures everything! 14-10 with, I believe, 8 losses by 6 points or less. This team must learn to win the close games. Can they? Not so far. BeatPurdue! That’s a good start at righting this ship!

  • WhatsUpKnight

    no, absolutely not. unrelated circumstances, dumb comparison.

  • WhatsUpKnight

    totally different circumstances, dumb comparison. and that’s all i have to say about that.

  • bk39

    Didnt mean to double post there. I really like your thoughts on how Hanner can use his stature as an IU player to positively effect his peers inside and outside of IU and take what is a negative event and turn that into a very positive contribution for others. Hopefully others are as positive and forward thinking as yourself.

  • David Macer

    No where in ANY of my posts have I defended his actions. They were stupid and foolish. I thank God that he did not hurt anyone.

    BTW, who are you to judge me and how I view this situation ??

  • Kevin Tolliver

    Im sure they did, but if it comes before school work or working on your game or affects either, than there is a problem.

  • William Hagenmaier

    dddd

  • William Hagenmaier

    don’t try to sugar coat what he did just cause he is a iu basketball player

  • William Hagenmaier

    because I see your many posts and you judge others

  • David Macer

    If I have judged someone else, I’m sorry. That’s certainly not my MO. All I ever try to do is state facts. I don’t deal well with someone spouting off their opinion without supporting it with some factual basis.
    You have every right in the world to disagree with my opinion, if stated in that manner. You don’t have a right to your own set of facts.
    When I’m challenged, I do try to find those set of facts. I will readily admit I’m wrong in that case.

    GO HOOSIERS.

  • William Hagenmaier

    dave i apoligize for overeacting

  • r

    I agree. I drink occasionally, and if even if I have only one, I call a cab.