Washington, D.C. – Just one day after he was suspended from the Washington Redskins indefinitely, tight end Fred Davis was arrested and charged with DUI in Fairfax County.
The DUI is just one the problems facing the Davis, who has had a troubled tenure with the team. On Wednesday, he was suspended from the Redskins indefinitely after he tested positive for drugs.
According the Washington Post’s Mike Jones, Davis was pulled over at approximately 3:45 p.m. at the intersection of Gallows Road and Leesburg Pike. There are scant details of Davis’ arrest and police did not confirm whether he was still being held as of Friday.
CBS DC reported that a witness called 911 to report a man slumped over the wheel who happened to be Davis. Police and an ambulance were dispatched to the scene and upon their arrival Davis attempted to take off in his Rolls-Royce Phantom.
After his unsuccessful attempt to get away Davis was taken into custody and charged with DWI, but whether he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol is unknown.
In a statement following his suspension, Davis said he unwittingly took a nutritional supplement which contained a banned substance.
“Unfortunately, a couple of months ago I took a supplement that contained a banned substance. I now know that supplements are not regulated by the FDA and may contain banned substances. The NFL Policy is strict, and not knowing that a supplement might contain a banned substance doesn’t excuse a violation of the policy,” Davis’ statement read according to ESPN.
Wednesday’s suspension was his second during his four year career with the Redskins. In 2011, Davis was suspended for four games after he tested positive for marijuana on more than one occasion. He assured the team and football fans that he has worked hard to “eliminate marijuana from his life.”
Davis will be a free agent next month and will try to be reinstated by the league in the fall.
This is Davis’ first DWI charge so if he is convicted, his penalties won’t be too harsh, but it could jeopardize his future with the NFL.
This is the third DUI arrest of a NFL player this year. In January, Erin Henderson from the Minnesota Vikings and Spencer Ware from the Seattle Seahawks were both busted for driving under the influence. Henderson was arrested for DUI in 2013 as well.
So far that makes three DUI arrests for NFL players in the first two months of this year which means players could be on their way to racking up as many DUI arrests as previous years. The league has taken minor steps to curtail DUI arrests, but it’s too soon to tell if those steps are actually going to work. So far they seem ineffectual and players are still racking up the arrests.
NFL players netted an estimated 30 arrests in 2013 for serious charges such as murder and assault to minor charges like DUI and possession of marijuana. There have been at least six players arrested since the beginning of the year.