Fred Davis, Washington Redskins tight end, was arrested and charged for driving under the influence of alcohol in Fairfax County Thursday afternoon.
According to police reports, Fred Davis was apprehended by police at the corner of Gallows Road and Leesburg Pike. This intersection is near the Tyson’s Corner shopping mall. The arrest was made by Fairfax County officers at 3:45 p.m. after police officers in the area responded to a call from another person who reported Fred Davis was sitting on Gallows Road in a black Rolls-Royce.
Police arrived shortly on the scene with medical personnel and apprehended Fred Davis as he was attempting to flee the scene. There were no injuries reported from the incident, according to a Fairfax County Fire Department spokesperson. The court announced they will set a date for his hearing sometime today.
What did the NFL league say about Fred Davis?
The NFL had already suspended Fred Davis a mere 24 hours prior to this DUI incidence for violating the NFL’s substance policy. Davis is suspended indefinitely from playing football. The NFL has battled against several other players as well. For instance Trent Williams, a teammate at USC, was also suspended when he tested positive for marijuana.
Fred Davis offered a public statement after the initial suspension arguing that he has been fighting his struggle not to use pot for several years now. In his defense, he stated he had been clean since 2011, and the most recent suspension was not related to pot use but rather unwillingly taking a banned substance in a supplement.
What will happen to Fred Davis?
Because Davis is a free agent it is unlikely that he will not be playing for the Washington Redskins next year. Last year he played in a total of 10 games, although he started only three. He had seven catches for seventy yards.
Fred Davis stated prior to the DUI arrest that he would ask the National Football League to reinstate him. It’s likely this most recent DUI arrest will not help his case for reinstatement.
If convicted for driving under the influence in the state of Virginia, Fred Davis may receive some time in jail (if his BAC was above 0.15%). He will also be required to pay a minimum of $250, have his license suspended for one year, install an ignition interlock device in his car and attend an Alcohol Safety Action Program.
Many have questioned whether the NFL has done enough to curb alcohol and drug abuse within its ranks. This question is still being debated, and the debate is likely to continue. Here’s to hoping players can think before they drive.
If you have been arrested for DUI like Fred Davis it’s important to seek legal help. Even a first time DUI can have severe penalties and may not be expunged from your permanent driving record.
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