DeKALB – Northern Illinois University football player Sean Progar was charged with driving under the influence less than 48 hours after the team won the MAC championship game earlier this month.
According to court documents, an NIU Police officer saw Progar committing improper lane use about 3:15 a.m. Dec. 4 while in the 800 block of North Annie Glidden Road in DeKalb. Once stopped, the officer noticed Progar's eyes were bloodshot and glassy and his breath smelled of alcohol. He also failed field sobriety tests, according to court documents.
Progar, 21, was charged with driving under the influence, having an expired license and improper lane use. Although he usually goes by the last name of Progar, he is listed in court documents as Sean W. Progar-Jackson, of the 4100 block of Cove Lane in Glenview.
Progar, a second team all-Mid American Conference member as a junior, had a team-high 5.5 sacks and 11 tackles for loss. He led all defensive linemen with 52 tackles and has started all 13 games this season.
The arrest came less than two days after NIU beat Ohio for the Mid-American Conference championship, which was played Dec. 2 at Ford Field in Detroit.
Progar was made unavailable for comment after NIU practice Tuesday afternoon at Huskie Stadium. When asked about the junior defensive end's availability for the GoDaddy.com Bowl against Arkansas State on Jan. 8, NIU coach Dave Doeren said he has yet to make a decision.
"We've known about it for three weeks, and we're dealing with the situation internally and collecting all the data that we can collect," Doeren said after Tuesday afternoon's practice at Huskie Stadium. "As soon as we have everything, we'll sit down and talk about it and make a decision. But, obviously you never want distractions off the field, and I know he is as disappointed as anybody because his track record here has been spectacular."
Doeren said he would like to make a decision on Progar's availability for the GoDaddy.com Bowl game as soon as he can, but he would not rush the process.
Court documents note Progar's driving privileges will be suspended for one year since he failed or refused to submit to complete DUI testing. He is scheduled to appear Dec. 30 at the DeKalb County Courthouse in Sycamore.