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Two Notre Dame football players facing traffic...

Two Notre Dame football players facing traffic charges in separate accidents were ordered to appear in court.

Linebacker Michael Stonebreaker, 22, of River Ridge, La., was ordered to appear March 31 in St. Joseph Superior Court in South Bend on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Tony Brooks, 19, a sophomore tailback from Tulsa, Okla., was ordered to appear April 12 on charges of leaving the scene of an accident and driving with a suspended license.

The charges against Brooks stemmed from a hit-and-run accident Feb. 26 that damaged a car belonging to a South Bend man. No one was injured.

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Investigators allege that Stonebreaker had a blood-alcohol level of 0.157% when the vehicle he was driving left the street north of campus Feb. 25 and struck a pole.

Stonebreaker, who won All-American honors in 1988 for the national championship Notre Dame team, suffered a broken right knee and a dislocated hip. A passenger, Ursula Garzia, 20, of Foxboro, Mass., is recovering from internal injuries.

All the charges are misdemeanors.


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