Cal Poly football player arrested on suspicion of felony DUI



Early in the morning on April 19, Marvin Abou, 22, lost control of his 2004 Jeep Wrangler on a residential San Luis Obispo road, struck a parked car, and flipped the Jeep onto its roof.

SLOPD officers responded to the scene in the 2100 block of Loomis Street shortly after 1 a.m. and subsequently arrested Abou on suspicion of felony driving under the influence.

According to SLOPD Capt. Chris Staley, the alleged DUI was classified as a felony because two of the passengers in Abou’s Jeep sustained minor injuries in the crash.

“He must have been driving at a decent speed in order to overturn the vehicle, because it was flipped upside-down and on its roof when our officers got there,” Staley told New Times. “We’re still waiting on a blood test to determine his blood alcohol content, but we booked him on a felony DUI charge.”

According to Cal Poly’s athletic department website, Abou was a junior offensive lineman on the football team.

Abou was still listed on the team’s roster on the morning of April 20, but he’d been removed by April 21.

“Marvin Abou has been suspended from the football team,” Cal Poly spokesman Jay Thompson wrote in an April 21 email to New Times. Thompson added that the university can’t comment on the results of any student conduct investigation due to FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) law.

Assistant District Attorney Lee Cunningham told New Times that his office has yet to receive any investigative reports pertaining to Abou, and thus no formal charges have been filed against him.

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