A Denver County jury has found Bronco’s linebacker D.J. Williams guilty of driving while impaired and driving without headlights. Mr. Williams had been originally charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, but the jury convicted on the lesser charge of driving while impaired (Illinois does not have a similar lesser offense of DUI).
This is Mr. Williams’ second driving while impaired conviction. His other one came in 2005.
According to the Denver Post:
Besides the potential of additional league punishment, Williams faces a minimum of 10 days and up to one year in jail, a fine amount of $600 to $1,500 and 48 to 120 hours of community service, according to the state law.
Only two witnesses testified in the DUI case: arresting Denver police officer Brian Klaus and assisting DUI officer Daniel Swint. Both testified Williams smelled of alcohol and had watery, bloodshot eyes the night he was pulled over near Ninth Avenue and Broadway in Denver for driving without his headlights turned on. Williams refused a blood or breath sample during the arrest, so his exact blood alcohol content is unknown.
According to Klaus, Williams failed multiple roadside sobriety tests. Two of those tests included walking a straight line and maintaining balance while standing on one foot.
Defense attorney Harvey Steinberg argued that Williams’ injuries during his football career could have prevented him from successfully performing certain roadside maneuvers. Steinberg said Williams should have been asked if he suffered from certain conditions, such as concussions or leg injuries, before the tests were administered. Steinberg said all people should be asked these questions about injuries before roadside tests as the conditions could affect the ability to successfully complete the roadside maneuvers.
Both officers testified they did not know who Williams was when he was stopped. They also said he did not tell them he was a professional football player and that he never asked for special treatment.