Charleston Hughes impaired driving charges adjourned

Charleston Hughes impaired driving charges adjourned
Roughrider Charleston Hughes impaired driving charges adjourned
Impaired driving charges against Saskatchewan Roughriders defender Charleston Hughes, stemming from an alleged incident on October 11, have been adjourned to December 5. 

Hughes is charged with impaired driving and failing to provide breath sample. He was scheduled to appear in court Wednesday.

"I apologize to my teammates, you know, my fans and, you know, the staff within [the] organization," Hughes told reporters in Regina earlier this month.

Hughes was removed from the active roster and was fined the maximum disciplinary fine allowed under the collective bargaining agreement after the charges.

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Criminal driving charges against Saskatchewan Roughrider Charleston Hughes came up for the first time in court Wednesday — and were simply adjourned.

Criminal driving charges against Saskatchewan Roughrider Charleston Hughes came up for the first time in court Wednesday — and were simply adjourned.

A lawyer appeared on behalf of Hughes, who did not attend Regina Provincial Court, and set the matters over to Dec. 5.

The 34-year-old defensive end is charged with impaired driving and refusing to provide a breath sample for analysis after an alleged incident in Regina on Oct. 11 at 2 a.m., two days before the Riders were beaten 31-0 by the host Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Hughes did play in that game.

After the charges became public, Hughes addressed reporters to say, “At this point, the only statement I really have is to apologize to my teammates, my fans and the staff of the organization.

“It’s kind of embarrassing to go through a situation like this. We’re supposed to be focusing on football right now and, when something like this comes up, you really feel like it takes away from what we’re supposed to be focusing on. I’m just trying to handle everything the best way I can and take all the legal advice that I’m given and really just try to focus on the next move,” he added.

Hughes did not travel with the team to Calgary the following weekend, where the Riders beat the Stampeders 29-24.