The last 18 months have been particularly challenging for Former NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb. In the most recent turn of events, McNabb was arrested in Arizona on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. The offense was the second one in 18 months for the former professional athlete.
The event occurred in the Phoenix suburb of Gilbert after McNabb was cited and released on June 28 for a non-injury collision. The police report stated that McNabb was stopped by police in the Phoenix suburb while driving impaired. 38-year-old McNabb, told police officers that he had been at a sports bar and was driving home to his house in Phoenix.
This latest arrest was the second offense for Donovan McNabb has been arrested for DUI offenses twice since December 2013. In the first DUI, McNabb rear-ended a car driven by the wife of a Gila River tribal police officer. The officer noted that McNabb appeared to be impaired and there was “a strong, fruity odor on his breath.” The officer also noticed Donovan’s eyes were watery, bloodshot and that his speech was slurred. McNabb denied that he had anything to drink claiming that he had a cold and was taking a cough syrup and cough drops.
A battery of tests was administered. After the standard tests, the officer claimed McNabb had exhibited several obvious signs of impairment. According to the report for the first arrest, one of these signs was visibly swaying back and forth and side to side in a rotational pattern.*
Upon being stopped for his latest offense, police sent a blood sample to the Mesa Police Crime Lab for further DUI analysis. The results have not yet been released.
McNabb served one day in jail in April 2014 after pleading guilty in his previous DUI case. In that case, police arrested McNabb in the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community just east of the city of Phoenix. After his DUI arrest, the court ordered him to pay a $1,500 fine and enter an outpatient treatment program in Scottsdale. He completed these requirements.
McNabb’s attorney, Thomas Connelly, told reporters on Friday that his client will serve less than three weeks in jail with work release for his latest arrest. The NFL legend will then be under house arrest for the rest of his 90-day jail sentence.
According to court reports, McNabb is scheduled to report to authorities on Nov. 30 to serve his 18 days of jail time.
When asked if he had a drinking problem, McNabb denied that there was an issue with alcohol.
McNabb, played 13 seasons in the NFL and was the second overall draft pick in 1999. He spent 11 seasons with the Eagles, one with Washington in 2010 and one with Minnesota in 2011. He led the Eagles to four straight NFC championship games from 2001 to 2004 and one trip to the Super Bowl.’
In this instance, McNabb claimed that his only offense was consuming cough medicine before driving. However, readers should be aware that alcohol, prescription medications, and over-the-counter medications affect each individual differently. Blood alcohol levels may be affected by age, gender, physical condition, the amount of food consumed, the amount sleep a person had, drugs, or medication that a person may be taking. In addition, different drinks may contain different amounts of alcohol, so it’s important to know how much and the concentration of alcohol you consume. For more information on alcohol and how it could affect you, see: http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=52905.
*For a full list of DUI Symptoms, readers can go to: http://www.anellixavier.com/dui-foundation/drunkdriving/impairment/symptoms/.
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