DUI case against Buffalo Bills’ Ed Oliver is dismissed

Back in May, Buffalo Bills defensive lineman Ed Oliver was arrested for DUI.  I blogged about the arrest and posted some arrest video over here.

It now turns out that Oliver took and passed a breath test with a result showing zero alcohol in his system.  After his arrest, Oliver went and took a blood test on his own.  The blood test showed no drugs or alcohol in his system.

As a result the case was dropped.

From ABC 13:

The athlete was arrested in May on FM 242 near Patton Village on misdemeanor counts of DWI and unlawfully carrying a weapon after authorities say a pistol was found in his vehicle.

Oliver’s attorney, Gary Patterson, told ABC13 on Wednesday his client’s blood results came back and showed he had nothing in his system when he was pulled over and underwent a field sobriety test.

Patterson claims the deputies had absolutely no grounds to arrest Oliver.

He adds the gun charge will automatically be dismissed because the DWI charge was dropped and said it’s not illegal to have a weapon if Oliver wasn’t committing another crime.

Oliver spoke to reporters.  From the Democrat and Chronicle:

“I’m not sure how you get arrested with nothing in your system. Honestly, I don’t know,” said Oliver, who explained that the beer can that was found in the door of the truck was actually being used as a spit can for tobacco juice.

“I think I got a little frustrated when I took the Breathalyzer test and he was like, ‘It came back .000, but I still think you’re intoxicated,’” Oliver recalled. “And I was like, ‘Bro, I’m just tired, I just want to go home.’ He said, ‘No, you gotta come with us.’

“I just got a little frustrated because he wasn’t understanding what I was saying, I guess, or he didn’t want to understand. There was nothing you could do at that point, just one of those things in your life you’ve gotta go through.”

Oliver’s arrest occurred a little more than a week before George Floyd died at the hands – or more accurately the knee – of Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin, an incident that has touched off widespread protesting of police brutality and racial profiling.

When he was asked whether his being a Black man might have had something to do with his arrest, he did not pull any punches.

“Well, I’m not sure, but to be honest in Montgomery County, they have a no-refusal law so you can’t tell them, ‘No I don’t want to go to jail,’” he said. “That’s how it was explained to me so I don’t know. Maybe so, but the law in Montgomery County, I would hope to believe that whatever color you are, you’re going to jail. I was on the way to my house and not expecting to be arrested. You never know, you can be doing anything and life could just hit you.”

AZ Cardinals rookie Jermiah Braswell charged with DUI

From Pro Football Talk:

Cardinals rookie receiver Jermiah Braswell was arrested for driving under the influence after police say he drove his car into Lake Erie on Saturday.

Police in Put-in-Bay, Ohio, say witnesses reported that a car moving very fast went off the road, off the embankment and into the lake. When officers arrived, Braswell was in the car and still attempting to drive.

The police report said Braswell had slurred speech, couldn’t explain how his car went into the water and was found on a breath test to have a blood alcohol content above the legal limit. No one else was in the car and no bystanders were injured.

Actor Zach Roerig from The Vampire Diaries arrested for DUI

From PageSix.com:

Vampire Diaries” star Zach Roerig was reportedly arrested for DUI over Memorial Day weekend and allegedly peed in his jail cell.

According to TMZ, Roerig — who ironically played town sheriff Matt Donovan on the hit CW show — arrested on Sunday around 2:30 a.m. in Montpelier, Ohio, after officers noticed that his pickup truck did not have a front license plate.

The 35-year-old actor was taken into custody after an officer saw his bloodshot eyes and smelled booze. He had slurred speech and failed field sobriety tests at the scene, the outlet reported.

“This is very hard, I can’t do this when I’m f–king …” He reportedly told the officer before rambling.

When the officer asked what Roerig meant, he allegedly replied, “When I can’t have a beer.”

He was then taken into custody — where he urinated in his cell for the night.

He is due in court on June 4.

Buffalo Bills DE Ed Oliver arrested for DWI in Texas

From ProFootballTalk.com:

Bills defensive lineman Ed Oliver was arrested overnight in Houston.

According to the Montgomery County Jail, Oliver is being held on one count of driving while intoxicated and one count of unlawfully carrying a weapon.

Oliver was pulled over in response to a 911 call by another driver, according to MontgomeryCountyPoliceReporter.com. According to the report, Oliver had an open beer between his legs and was brought in for a mandatory blood draw before being taken to jail. A search of his car found a pistol. No drugs were found.

The Bills chose Oliver with the ninth overall pick in the 2019 NFL draft. He had a good rookie season and is viewed as a building block for the Bills’ franchise, but this incident leaves open the possibility that he’ll miss part of this season with a league-mandated suspension.

 

Former Rockies Star Todd Helton gets 2 day jail sentence for DUI

I blogged about Todd Helton’s 2019 DUI here.  Now the case has been resolved, with Helton pleading guilty and being sentenced to a year of probation, two days in jail, a one year driver’s license suspension and fines.

From Fox:

Colorado Rockies great Todd Helton was reportedly sentenced to two days in jail over a 2019 DUI arrested in Tennessee.

Helton received a misdemeanor citation for driving under the influence after getting into a one-car crash in Knoxville on March 18, 2019, when police said his car struck a pole.

The former first baseman indicated he had taken an Ambien in the afternoon of that day, but an officer on the scene said they saw a cup in Helton’s car and it appeared to have “the odor of an alcoholic beverage.”

Helton entered a treatment program after the crash but the case lasted nearly a year before he agreed to a plea deal with prosecutors on March 10, TMZ Sports reported Monday.

A Knox County district attorney’s office spokesperson told TMZ Sports that Helton received two days in jail in exchange for his guilty plea.

He also received nearly 12 months of probation, a $350 fine and had his license suspended for a year.

 

K-Pop singer Hwanhee charged with DUI

From Korea Joongang Daily:

Hwanhee, a member of veteran pop duo Fly to the Sky, was charged with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol on Saturday.

Yongin Seobu Police Station said Hwanhee, whose real name is Hwang Yoon-seok, was booked without physical detention for drunk driving.

The 38-year-old singer was questioned by police after his Mercedes-Benz hit a Hyundai Avante sedan that was changing lanes on a road in Yongin, south of Seoul, around 6 a.m. An insurance agent dispatched to the scene reported the accident to police, suspecting that Hwanhee had been drinking.

Police said the singer’s blood alcohol level was 0.061 percent, which is enough to warrant the revocation of his driver’s license.

Police said Hwanhee admitted to drinking and driving, adding that he will summoned next week to talk about the DUI accident.

Hwanhee’s management agency, H2media, later released a statement apologizing for Hwanhee’s drunk driving, saying that the singer will fully comply with the police investigation and will accept punishment.

Unlike Illinois, where the “legal limit” for a DUI is 0.08, Korea recently reduced its limit to from 0.06 to 0.03.

Boxer Adrien Broner charged with DUI

From TMZ:

TMZ Sports first reported on Friday night the former four-division world champion was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI) about 8:45 p.m. local time in Miami Beach, Fla.

Broner was being held in a Miami-Dade County jail, where the bond was set at $1,000. It is unknown if Broner has been released as the county search record hadn’t been updated at the time of publication.

The outlet also obtained the police report, which stated officers were informed of Broner being passed out inside his Rolls-Royce SUV that had the engine running in the middle of traffic. When the cops approached the vehicle, Broner was “unconscious, but breathing”. They tried to bang on the window but ultimately had to shake it to wake him. A groggy Broner woke up, and police shifted the car into park.

A field sobriety test was conducted. Broner failed and was subsequently arrested.

This is the second time the 30-year-old Broner was sent to jail in the last three weeks. On Feb. 21 in Las Vegas, the day before Tyson Fury-Deontay Wilder 2, Broner was charged with one count of misdemeanor trespassing.

Free Agent TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins arrested for third DUI

From Bleacher Report:

Free-agent NFL tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins was arrested Monday and charged with DUI in Gig Harbor, Washington, the city where he played high school football.

TMZ Sports reported the news Saturday and noted Seferian-Jenkins also faces counts of driving with a suspended license and operating a vehicle without an ignition interlock device.

It’s the third DUI arrest for the 27-year-old University of Washington product.

In 2013, Seferian-Jenkins was sentenced to one day in jail after pleading guilty to a drunken driving charge before his final season of college football with the Huskies.

He was also arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor DUI in 2016.

Seferian-Jenkins told ESPN’s Rich Cimini in 2017 he’d attended an outpatient rehab program because of his use of alcohol to deal with “dormant issues”:

Cowboys WR Bryant arrested for DUI

From the Dallas Morning News:

Cowboys wide receiver Ventell Bryant, who contributed mostly on special teams as an undrafted rookie last year, was arrested early Wednesday morning in his hometown for an alleged DUI, a Tampa police spokesperson said.

Bryant, 23, was arrested around 2:45 a.m. ET following a traffic stop for driving without his headlights turned on, police said. According to a police summary of his arrest affidavit, Bryant “exhibited several clues of impairment and admitted to drinking several margaritas.”

He failed a field sobriety test and later produced a blood-alcohol level of .102 and .099. Those measurements exceed the .08 legal limit in Florida. Bryant posted $500 bond and was released from custody shortly before noon ET.

Alex Jones arrested for drunk driving

From the Daily Beast:

Prominent right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones was arrested early Tuesday morning on charges of driving while intoxicated, according to law enforcement.

Jones, who as host of the Austin-based InfoWars conspiracy theory outlet has become a prominent force on the fringe right, was arrested on a class-B misdemeanor DWI charge, according to a spokeswoman for the Travis County sheriff’s department. Jones was booked into the Travis County Jail in Austin at 12:37 AM, and released on bond at 4:11 AM.

Court records about Jones’s arrest weren’t immediately available. InfoWars didn’t respond to a request for comment.

An article on the InfoWars website claimed that Jones was “caught up in a Travis Co. DWI dragnet.” In the story, Jones said he had been “drinking a small amount of sake at a Japanese restaurant.”

Jones announced his arrest on a Tuesday episode of his show, claiming that he had blown under the legal limit of 0.08 Blood Alcohol Content. Texas law, however, allows for a driver to be charged with a DWI even if they’re under the limit, if they’re considered to be impaired.