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Carlos Dunlap of Florida Gators arrested on DUI charges (VIDEO)

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Florida Gators defensive end Carlos Dunlap was arrested on DUI charges Tuesday morning (3:25 a.m.) in Gainsesville five days before Florida’s showdown with Alabama in the SEC championship in Atlanta’s Georgia Dome. According to ESPN, Dunlap was arrested near North Charleston campus and was booked into jail at 5:52 a.m.

Dunlap, a 20-year-old junior from North Charleston, S.C., was released on his own recognizance about six hours later during his initial appearance at the Alachua County Jail. Judge Mary Day Coker admonished Dunlap for underage drinking, and said he cannot possess alcohol or drugs that are not prescribed for him.

Dunlap was told not to drive a motor vehicle without a license, and if caught driving without one, he would violate the terms of his release. The judge released the defensive end without bond because he has no prior adjudications and no failures to appear in court.

VIDEO: Dunlap arrested for DUI

Dunlap was the defensive MVP of the Bowl Championship Series national title game in January and has started in every game this season for the defending champs. He has 35 tackles, 7 sacks and was named MVP of the 2009 FedEx BCS National Championship Game in which the Gators defeated Oklahoma 24-14 to win their second title in three seasons.