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Montana's Spencer Coleman controls the ball against Montana State's Paul Egwuonwu in March 2013. 

MISSOULA — A University of Montana basketball player was charged with misdemeanor drunken driving early Monday after police saw his car stopped in the middle of Ryman Street.

Spencer C. Coleman, 21, was arrested at about 2:45 a.m. after an officer spotted a broken tail lamp on his 1997 black Nissan Maxima, according to the affidavit in the case.

It was Coleman's second arrest on an alcohol-related charge; in February, he was charged with speeding and being a minor in possession of alcohol.

In the most recent incident, Coleman's car was stopped in the middle of the 200 block of Ryman Street and stayed motionless for several moments before pulling up to Red's Bar and stopping there, according to the affidavit.

"Spencer spoke with slurred speech, had red and glossy eyes and emitted the odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath," according to the affidavit. He told police he'd had a beer and a cocktail at the Missoula Club, it said.

He refused to provide a breath test, the affidavit said.

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Coleman, a 6-foot-6 forward from Eugene, Ore., was a junior during the 2012-13 school year. University of Montana athletic director Kent Haslam said that the Student-Athlete Code of Conduct applies even though school is not in session now.

"We'll run it through the code of conduct, find out what happened, and we'll levy the punishment from there," he said Monday.

Under the Student-Athlete Conduct Code, a misdemeanor offense of driving under the influence is a Category II violation, while Coleman's previous charge of being a minor in possession would fall into Category III violations.

A player found to have committed a first violation of a Category II offense faces a one-game suspension.

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