A BYU football player pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of driving under the influence and interfering with signs and signals.

Neil Pau’u, a junior on BYU’s football team, was stopped by BYU Police on June 8 after police say that he drove through a barricade and onto a newly paved road. Police reports state that he then stopped in a BYU Parking lot near the Smith Fieldhouse where police made contact with him.

Pau’u was the only occupant in the vehicle, police records state, and when he was stopped, police smelled the odor of alcoholic beverages in his car.

Police reports from the time of his arrest state that Pau’u told police that he had consumed two Jungle Juices.

Pau’u was arrested and booked into the Utah County Jail on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, a class B misdemeanor, and altering, defacing, knocking down or removing a traffic control device, a class C misdemeanor.

Wednesday, Pau’u pleaded not guilty to both counts in Provo City Justice Court.

Pau’u, who is from California, is a junior wide receiver for the BYU. He has played for the Cougars since 2017.

In 24 career games Pau’u has 32 receptions for 355 yards and three touchdowns.

Consuming alcohol is against the school’s Honor Code, which all BYU students and athletes must abide by. The Honor Code, which is signed by every student prior to attending the university, states that students must “abstain from alcoholic beverages, tobacco, tea, coffee, and substance abuse.”

Stacy has worked as the Online Editor at the Daily Herald since 2007.

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