MUSKEGON, Mich. (Michigan News Source) – A suspended Grand Rapids Public Schools high school football coach accused of driving drunk last month and striking a pedestrian plead not guilty in court on Monday.

Donald Fellows III is facing a variety of charges. Authorities said he smelled like alcohol, displayed a lack of balance, slurred his speech, and admitted to officials that he was drunk. In addition, police said they found empty beer cans in his back seat and a passenger said he and Fellows had just left a bar.

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Fellows is due back in court on Oct. 17 for a pre-trial conference.

The school district placed Fellows on administrative leave after his arrest.  Fellows joined Union’s football program in 2020.

In the meantime, assistant coach Scott Van Essen is serving as the interim head coach.