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BYU linebacker arrested on suspicion of DUI

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VINEYARD, Utah (ABC4 News) – A Brigham Young University linebacker has been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence Saturday morning in Vineyard. 

Utah County Sheriff Sgt. Spencer Cannon said Francis Bernard, a linebacker for BYU, was stopped at about 1:10 am in Vineyard for a registration violation. 

“The deputy determined that he had been drinking and he was subsequently booked for DUI, expired registration and no drivers license,” Cannon said. “There was one other passenger in the car who was cited for having an open container.”

Bernard was booked at about 2:30 a.m. and was released from the jail around 4 a.m. 

Bernard, a former Herriman High star who graduated in 2012.

After serving a mission in Atlanta, Bernard started out playing running back for the Cougars in 2015 before being switched to linebacker in 2016.

He was suspended in December 2016 right before the Poinsettia Bowl for violating team rules and was suspended again during training camp this summer for reported honor code violations. 

BYU coach Kalani Sitake asked him to redshirt for the 2017 season.

He hasn’t played in any games this season or been with the team for several weeks.  

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