Hines Ward, NFL player and Dancing with the Stars Champ, arrested for DUI

According to the Associated Press, Hines Ward, a wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers, failed a field sobriety test during a routine traffic stop in Atlanta, Georgia. He has been charged with DUI or driving under the influence of alcohol, according to Atlanta police.

Ward has been a four-time Pro Bowl selection after his 1998 third round draft out of Georgia. He has played on teams that won two Super Bowls. Most recently, in May of this year, he became the second professional football player to win “Dancing with the Stars” with his professional dancing partner Kym Johnson. Emmitt Smith also won these honors in 2006. He beat out other “Dancing with the Stars” favorites, including Kirstie Alley and Chelsea Kane to become the season 12 champion of the TV celebrity dance competition.

The DUI traffic stop occurred just before 2:30 a.m. Saturday morning after a transit police officer noticed Ward had left his lane in his Aston Martin, hitting the curb. According to police reports, the DeKalb county police officer noticed a strong smell of alcohol at the time of the DUI arrest. According to Ward, he had consumed two bottles of Corona beer at an Atlanta establishment three hours prior to the arrest.

Hines Ward who is the former Super Bowl MVP and reigning ”Dancing With the Stars” champ smelled strongly of alcohol when the officer asked him to exit his car and submit to a field sobriety test. The officer also performed a hand-held breathalyzer test that registered positive for alcohol.

Ward, who submitted to the hand-held test at the time of the DUI arrest, refused another breath sample on a state-administered machine at the DeKalb County jail. This type of machine is more frequently used as evidence in court after a DUI arrest.

The officer report states that Ward was agitated at the time of the arrest and during the field sobriety test. He also swayed back and forth, could not recite the alphabet and had difficulty maintaining his balance. Ward was arrested after the DUI stop and booked in DeKalb County jail and was later released on bond.

Ward’s attorney, Atlanta lawyer Andrew Ree, released a statement on Saturday claiming Ward was not driving under the influence of alcohol and cooperated fully with the Atlanta police.

Ward will appear in the DeKalb County State Court on October 6, 2011. DUI penalties for his arrest could result in year in jail and a $1,000 fine. Video from the DeKalb officer’s vehicle, which captured the traffic stop, may be used as evidence.

Hiring a DUI Lawyer

DUI or driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a serious driving offense. It is illegal in every state to drive with a BAC or blood alcohol concentration of 0.08% or higher. DUI penalties have been increased in recent years due to increased pressure by lobbying groups such as MADD (Mothers against Drunken Driving).

If you have been arrested for DUI you may face severe DUI consequences which can include: drug or alcohol education classes, DUI penalties or fines, increased insurance costs, mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device, jail time or probation.

If you have been arrested for DUI, do not attempt to fight the DUI charges alone. Let a DUI attorney review your DUI claim and help you. DUI arrests and convictions may have long-term consequences which can impact your professional, social and personal life.

The following two tabs change content below.

Beth

Beth L. is a content developer for LeadRival, a cutting edge company that helps connect DUI lawyers with DUI clients. Beth L. writes about a variety of DUI topics to help drivers who have been arrested for DUI, getting them the legal help they need.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.