UH standout pleads not guilty to trespassing charge

  • COLT BRENNAN

A former University of Hawaii quarterback and NFL draftee on Monday pleaded not guilty to a trespassing charge stemming from an Aug. 1 disturbance at a Kailua-Kona hotel.

Colt Brennan, 36, pleaded not guilty to second-degree criminal trespassing before Kona District Court Judge Margaret Masunaga. He’s next set to appear in court Sept. 14 for a pretrial conference.

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Second-degree criminal trespassing is a petty misdemeanor, punishable by up to 30 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000.

Brennan was taken into police custody at 4:05 p.m. Aug. 1 and charged with second-degree trespassing. Brennan’s hometown was listed as Kailua-Kona.

The criminal complaint, filed by prosecutors, said Brennan “intentionally, knowing, or recklessly entered or remained unlawfully” at the Kona Seaside Hotel “after reasonable warning or request to leave by the owner.”

The Hawaii Police Department said earlier this month that Brennan had a room in the Kona Seaside Hotel hotel and was “heavily intoxicated and causing a disturbance.” After the hotel contacted police and Brennan reportedly refused to cooperate with a trespass notice, he was arrested.

Brennan remains free on supervised release.

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While his criminal record is minimal, Brennan — who was drafted in the sixth round by the former Washington Redskins, now known as the Washington Football Team — has been the subject of run-ins with authorities, including a DUI case dating to December 2019 that remains active, a 2015 case that was dismissed after Brennan was charged with filing a false report of a stolen vehicle, and a July 2013 arrest for DUI following a 2012 ticket for speeding.

Brennan was also involved in a car crash in November 2010 that left him hospitalized for eight days with head, rib and collarbone injuries. He was a passenger in a vehicle driven on Queen Kaahumanu Highway by his girlfriend that struck another vehicle, critically injuring that vehicle’s female driver. Brennan’s lawyer blamed the head-on crash for him experiencing memory problems, leading to the false stolen vehicle report in 2015.

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