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NIU player charged with driving under the influence

SYCAMORE – A Northern Illinois University football player faces felony charges after police said they stopped him drunkenly driving 93 mph on Route 23 at 12:18 a.m. Thursday.

Skyler P. Monaghan, 19, of the 28500 block of West Ash Creek Road, Willcox, Arizona, is charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving an uninsured vehicle, speeding and possession of a fraudulent driver’s license.

Monaghan, a sophomore biology major, is listed on the Huskies roster as a wide receiver. Last year, he played in 11 games on special teams, according to the team’s website.

Monaghan “has been suspended indefinitely” from the team, NIU Associate Athletic Director Donna Turner said Friday afternoon.

The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office stopped Monaghan early Thursday morning when they say he was traveling south on Route 23 from Lloyd Road in a blue 2006 Chevy Tahoe, court records show.

Police said Monaghan was driving 93 mph in a 55 mph zone, according to court records.

The most serious charge, possession of a fraudulent driver’s license, a Class 4 felony, is typically punishable by one to three years in prison.

Monaghan was taken to the DeKalb County Jail, where he later posted $300 bail and was released after court Thursday.

The student had the choice of either posting 10 percent of his $3,000 bond or paying $100 and surrendering his Arizona driver’s license.

Monaghan, who admitted to drinking earlier in the evening, failed field sobriety tests and volunteered to a breathalyzer test, which showed he had a blood-alcohol level of 0.095, court records show.

During a search, police found a fake Illinois ID in Monaghan’s pocket, which he said he has used to buy alcohol in the past.

Monaghan’s is scheduled to next appear in court Aug. 26.

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