UVM’s Atkinson Leaves School After Drunk-Driving Arrest

Mike Atkinson, a freshman at Vermont, has withdrawn from school after his arrest on charges of driving while intoxicated, as well as careless driving, after a car crash on the Vermont campus on Oct. 2. He had already been suspended by the team.

Atkinson, 20, a native of Kinderhook, N.Y., was taken to a local hospital by police after crashing a car into a building at 2:30 a.m. on Oct. 2. Atkinson’s blood alcohol content at the time of the accident was 0.212, over twice the legal limit in Vermont for drivers of drinking age.

He was suspended indefinitely at that time for a violation of the student-athlete code of conduct.

Atkinson, who is expected to be arraigned this week, decided recently to leave school in the wake of the incident, according to Vermont school officials. He was a three-year captain and team most valuable player at Salisbury School, scoring 23 goals and 47 points last year.

He had not appeared in a game this season.