The Associate Press reports that Erik Ainge, former New York Jets quarterback, has been arrested for DUI or driving under the influence after police noticed he was swerving on an interstate in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Police report they stopped Erik Ainge at 1:13 a.m. Sunday. Police spokesman Darrell DeBusk issued a statement detailing how Erik Ainge failed a field sobriety test and was later charged with driving under the influence. Erik Ainge also violated the Tennessee implied consent law which states that a driver who is operating a motorized vehicle in the state of Tennessee has already given their implied consent to submit to a chemical test after a Tennessee DUI arrest, which Ainge apparently failed to do. Ainge was also charged with a roadway violation.
Erik Ainge was released on bond but will appear in court Monday. Erik Ainge will face a one year administrative license suspension for refusing the chemical test, even if he is not convicted of DUI. If he is convicted he could face jail time from 48 hours to 11 months, a fine of $350 to $1,500, a license suspension of one year, and a possible requirement to install an ignition interlock device.
Erik Ainge was released on bond and is scheduled to appear in court Monday.
Who is Erik Ainge?
Erik Ainge was a fifth-round draft selection by the Jets in 2008. He started in thirty-seven games between 2004 and 2007, although he was forced to retire after three seasons due to shoulder injuries.
Erik Ainge was born June 12, 1986, in Portland, Oregon. By all accounts he was a great athlete, playing baseball and basketball as a freshman and sophomore in high school. He later played college football at Tennessee after being one of the top recruited quarterbacks receiving offers from Oregon, Arizona State, UCLA, and Tennessee. He currently hosts a daily sports talk show on Tennessee Sports Radio.
Erik Ainge and drug addiction
Erik Ainge has been open about his drug addiction, which he claims included cocaine and heroin use as well as pain killers. He said he started using drugs at twelve years old and the addiction finally “spiraled out of control” and when he reached New York his drugs of choice included heroin and cocaine.
Erik Ainge has also had issues with drinking and in 2009 he went to rehab. Later in the summer of 2010 he also had issues and found himself back in rehab after an incident with the police in Tennessee.
Although Erik Ainge he has been honest and open about his drug addiction in the last several years many were surprised by the news. Some in the media described their interaction with him as “intelligent” and that he never gave the impression when he was in college that he was battling with drugs.
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