KNOXVILLE, TN (News Sentinel) -- Connor Buchanan walked into Knoxville City Court on Monday in a suit and tie with hopes of keeping his driver's license after being one of a dozen college students snared by University of Tennessee police investigating a September "butt-chugging" incident.

"I'd like to go into an alcohol assistance program rather than lose my license," the 19-year-old Buchanan said before court began. "I need a car to get around and go to work."

Buchanan is a member of the now disgraced Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity chapter at the University of Tennessee where police said a member almost died from alcohol poisoning.

Buchanan had recently transferred from a college in Michigan and is attending Pellissippi State Community College. He said he went to the Pi Kappa Alpha house on Sept. 22 to meet new people and make friends.

Read more from our news partners at the Knoxville News Sentinel.