Update On Mr. Universe: Doug Burns Arraigned in Court

photo by Dave Vann

| May 10, 2007

Doug Burns, reigning Mr. Universe, was recently involved in an encounter with Redwood City police while experiencing severe low blood sugar; during the incident, he was handcuffed and clubbed by police who mistook him for inebriated. On May 2, 2007, Doug was arraigned in court on charges of assault and resisting arrest.

If the charges are not dropped, he will appear in court for a pre-trial conference on May 30 and a jury trial on July 2.  (All earlier dates conflicted with Doug’s previously scheduled speeches on behalf of diabetic children.) The District Attorney asserts that based upon current evidence, Doug was not in an altered mental state due to low blood sugar, although Doug has reportedly submitted substantial medical documentation to the contrary. Several diabetes advocacy groups have rallied to support Doug, who hopes that his current dilemma will contribute to furthering education about diabetes and hypoglycemia.

See Also:
Doug Burns interview on Diabetes Health TV
Scrawny Boy With Type 1 Diabetes Becomes Mr. Universe
Mr. Universe Assaulted by Police During Low Blood Sugar Episode
Mr. Universe's Police Run-In Becomes a Force for Education

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Posted by Anonymous on 4 January 2008

without saying who i am, i was doug's pastor for many years. I have seen doug go down so quickly from diabetis. he would not even know it was happening and unless those of us around him did something he would sink lower. as he sunk he would become less capable of thinking rationally in order to take care of himself. It is a shame that he should have been hurt because in his right mind he is a sweetheart of a person.

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