Hofstra basketball coach charged with DWI

Hofstra University basketball coach Tim Welsh was arraigned today on drunken driving charges after being arrested this morning.

Officials say they discovered Welsh, 49, stopped at a steady green light and asleep at the wheel at the intersection of Hempstead Turnpike and North Bellmore Road in Levittown at around 1 a.m.

Police say Welsh failed a field sobriety test. Officials say it was determined that his blood alcohol level was above .18, more than twice the legal limit.

"There was the odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath," recalls Lt. Kevin Smith, of the Nassau County Police Department. "He was unsteady on his feet, his eyes were glazy and bloodshot."

Hofstra University has suspended Welsh without pay pending an investigation into his arrest. Welsh was hired at the beginning of the month to coach the Pride.

Welsh pleaded not guilty to charges of driving while intoxicated and aggravated driving while intoxicated. He is due back in court May 4.

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