Vince Young, with UT's Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, poses at his office in the Flawn Academic Center. (RODOLFO GONZALEZ / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

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Vince Young hires famed defense attorney Dick DeGuerin for DWI case

Posted February 17th, 2016

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Former Texas quarterback Vince Young has hired famed Houston defense attorney Dick DeGuerin to represent him on a drunken driving charge in Austin last month, the American-Statesman and KVUE-TV have learned.

DeGuerin, whose notable clients have included former U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay, confirmed that Young had retained him and released a brief statement Wednesday: “Vince Young is very embarrassed by his arrest. He has faith in the judicial system treating him fairly. He hopes that his experience will serve as a reminder that no one should drink and drive, even a small amount.”

According to an Austin police affidavit, Young told the officer he drank three or four bottles of beer at the W Hotel downtown. The officer began performing a field sobriety test, but Young stopped it after he stumbled and refused any further tests. Young also refused to ­perform a breath test or provide a blood sample that would have allowed police to determine his blood alcohol content.

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No court date has been set.

Since September 2014, UT has employed Young in the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement in alumni relations and in a mentoring role to help first-generation college students from low-income backgrounds, making him a fixture in ­community events and available for photo ops for football recruits.

Young joins a list of well-known DeGuerin clients. He represented David Koresh during his standoff with federal authorities and more recently, served as defense attorney for Robert Durst, who admitted to killing and then dismembering the body of Durst’s 71-year-old neighbor, bagging the body parts and tossing them into Galveston Bay.

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