Miamis Mark Walton celebrates his touchdown as snow falls during the fourth quarter of the Sun Bowl NCAA college football game against Washington State, Saturday, Dec. 26, 2015, in El Paso, Texas. (AP Photo/Victor Calzada)
Victor Calzada
July 11, 2016

MIAMI (AP) Drunken driving charges have been dropped against University of Miami running back Mark Walton, clearing the way for him to rejoin the Hurricanes' football team.

Miami-Dade County State Attorney's Office spokesman Ed Griffith confirmed Monday that the 19-year-old player no longer faces the DUI charge.

Police said Walton had bloodshot, watery eyes and slurred speech when officers stopped him, and his blood-alcohol level was as high as 0.06. That's above the Florida threshold of 0.02 for people under 21, but prosecuting such cases requires more evidence, which police didn't have.

With the charge gone, Miami lifted Walton's suspension. The sophomore finished spring practice atop the Hurricanes' depth chart at running back. As a freshman, Walton led Miami with nine rushing touchdowns and had 300 kickoff return yards.

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