University of Miami

September 30, 2013

Miami Hurricanes legend Bernie Kosar arrested, charged with DUI

Former UM standout quarterback Bernie Kosar was pulled over for speeding when police smelled alcohol in his vehicle Sunday morning.

Former Cleveland Browns and Miami Hurricanes quarterback Bernie Kosar was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol in Solon, Ohio, early Sunday, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported.

“Kosar was pulled over for speeding on SOM Center Road at 2:42 a.m., and police officers smelled a strong odor of alcohol coming from the vehicle,” Cleveland.com reported, citing a news release from the Solon Police Department. “He took sobriety tests and was then taken to the Solon Police Department without incident.”

The Miami Herald reached Kosar by text at 1 p.m. Sunday and he wrote back, “I am fine.” He said in his text that he was at the Cleveland Browns football game, but released no other information.

The news release described Kosar as the driver of a black Cadillac. It said Kosar posted a $500 bond, and his Bedford Municipal Court date is at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.

“The Solon Police Department will not release any video of the stop involving Mr. Kosar until the disposition for the case has been finalized,” the release stated.

Kosar was the freshman quarterback who led the Hurricanes to their first national championship under Howard Schnellenberger in 1983. He is a member of UM’s Board of Trustees. He also is in the UM Sports Hall of Fame and a member of UM’s Ring of Honor.

Among his many achievements at UM, Kosar is the single-season passing yards leader with 3,642 yards in 1984.

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