GYMNASTICS: Junior arrested and charged with drunken driving

Two Ball State gymnasts were involved in an alcohol-related traffic stop over the weekend, and one was arrested on a charge of drunken driving.

Christa Greinke, a 20-year-old junior, was arrested at 12:36 a.m. Saturday on the 1300 block of West North Street and taken to the Delaware County jail. Junior Julie Cotter, 20, was in the car with Greinke. She was cited for underage consumption of alcohol and released at the scene.

According to the police report, Officer Amanda Kirby of the University Police Department pulled over Greinke at 12:16 a.m. Kirby wrote that Greinke's driving was too slow and impeding the flow of traffic. She was also using the car horn improperly.

"She was just holding down the horn and using it constantly," Kirby said.

After stopping Greinke, Kirby said she found the junior to be intoxicated and put her through a chemical test to check her blood-alcohol content.

"The reason she was put through the field sobriety test was because after I approached the car, I smelled the odor of an alcoholic beverage on her breath," Kirby said.

Greinke was arrested and booked into the Delaware County Jail. Sgt. John Foster and officer Justin Smith assisted in the arrest.

"It would be premature to comment on this specific incident without having all of the information. The charges are serious," Athletics Director Tom Collins said in a statement. "The university expects all student-athletes to adhere to university policies and obey the law."

Tony Proudfoot, associate vice president for Marketing and Communications, said that following their due process with the state of Indiana, the two women's cases would be sent to the Office of Student Rights and Community Standards to see if they would be sanctioned by the university.

"A discipline review will determine any appropriate corrective action," Proudfoot said.

Student regulations regarding alcohol, including rules related to underage consumption, are outlined in Appendix A of the Student Code.

After the state and university make their disciplinary rulings, a group from the Athletics Department will determine the gymnasts' status as student-athletes.

This decision will be made based on the severity of the infraction, their personal histories and NCAA regulations, Proudfoot said. Punishment can range from loss of practice time to dismissal from the team.

Cotter competed on the uneven bars and balance beam for the Cardinals last season. She led the team on the beam in the final three meets of the season. Greinke has competed in nine events for the gymnastics team in the past two years in the vault and the floor exercise.


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