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QHS basketball coach pleads guilty to DUI, addresses Blue Devil fans

Andy Douglas
Posted: Aug. 8, 2019 8:50 pm Updated: Aug. 8, 2019 9:21 pm

QUINCY -- In a post on Twitter on Thursday, Quincy High School boys basketball head coach Andy Douglas said he was sorry for letting down Blue Devil players and fans after pleading guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol.

"No words other than I am sorry," the post read. "I hope that I can earn the trust of those who have supported me throughout my life. I do know that I will be better because of it and will continue to work to inspire my players to be better each and every day."

In a letter to Blue Devil fans accompanying the Twitter post, Douglas said he would face a suspension in the coming basketball season.

"There will be consequences, including a suspension, that come from the district and I am behind them with that," the letter read. "When faced with this I said from the start that I would not fight it and try and get out of this the easy way. There are consequences to actions and when faced with them I have always been taught to own up to them, learn from them and be better because of them."

Quincy Public Schools Superintendent Roy Webb also took to Twitter to address the plea.

"Coach Andy Douglas made an error in judgment," Webb wrote. "He informed district leadership in a timely manner. Coach Douglas said he understands there will be consequences, and he supports our decision. I am still a Coach Douglas fan. He is a good young man who is holding himself accountable."

A statement from QPS Public Information Officer Bob Gough said the district would have no official comment on the matter, as it is a personnel issue.

Douglas was arrested June 6 after he was found to have a blood alcohol concentration of .173 -- more than twice the legal limit -- at an Illinois State Police roadside checkpoint.

The guilty plea stems from a June 6 arrest in Quincy after Douglas, 37, was driving with more than double the state's legal blood alcohol concentration, according to the Illinois State Police.

As part of Douglas' plea, he was sentenced to 12 months supervision and may not drink, possess or consume alcohol, nor enter any establishment whose primary purpose is the sale of alcohol, as well as pay more than $2,000 in fines and fees, among other conditions.

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