The cornerback for the Dolphins was arrested last week for DUI after reportedly coming just feet from hitting a police car at a roadblock. According to the Sun Sentinel, the football player ignored detour signs near a roadblock and instead drove right up to the squad car blocking the road.
According to the officer, he came only two feet from the car before stopping and revving his engine. It apparently took the alleged suspect a few moments to open his window to the officer trying to speak with him, telling the police that he had to “get through.”
At 3:35 am at a police roadblock, telling them you cannot detour where they want you to may be a red flag to the officers that something is amiss. Police reportedly smelled alcohol on the Dolphin’s breath and asked him 3 times to exit the car.
The legal limit in Florida is .08%. He took two breath tests that found him to be at .152 and .167, about twice the limit.
Because his blood alcohol content was over .15%, he can face enhanced DUI penalties. Enhanced DUI was written into the laws to ensure those who were extremely intoxicated faced harsher penalties than a regular DUI.
A normal first-time DUI charge will carry a potential jail sentence of 180 days, while an enhanced sentence is up to 270 days. Fines are steeper as well with an enhanced DUI and the offender will be required to have an ignition interlock device installed on their vehicle, if convicted.
The cornerback could also face sanctions from the NFL if he is convicted or pleads guilty.
Regardless of who you ware, being accused of drunk driving is scary. You could potentially lose the use of your driver’s license for up to 1 year with a first time offense. This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to DUI penalties.