It seems like the topic of NFL player DUI offenses has been in the news a lot lately. Now, former Atlanta Falcons running back Jamal Anderson is joining Justin Blackmon and David Diehl in the DUI hall of fame.
On Sunday morning, Anderson was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving just northeast of Atlanta, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. According to DeKalb police, Anderson was driving so slow that he was holding up traffic. Anderson is facing DUI charges for the incident.
Police found 39-year-old Anderson driving on Chamblee Tucker Road near I-85 at a speed so low that he was impeding traffic, authorities say. Anderson was pulled over at 4:30 a.m. and taken to DeKalb County Jail on suspicion of DUI.
The Falcons drafted Anderson in 1994. In 1999, he led the team to their first and only Super Bowl. Anderson played eight seasons with the Falcons before suffering a career-ending knee injury in 2001.
This isn't Anderson's first brush with law. In February 2009, an off-duty police officer reportedly saw Anderson snorting cocaine in a Buckhead bar. Anderson was arrested and charged with possession of cocaine and marijuana for the incident. However, the charges were later dismissed, according to Jerry Froelich, Anderson's attorney.
Under Georgia law, driving with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher can get you a DUI charge. A first DUI conviction is punishable by a maximum fine of $1,000, 24 hours to a year in jail, and license suspension for up to a year.
Jamal Anderson was released on Sunday afternoon after posting bail. Earlier in the year, Anderson joined more than a hundred retired NFL players in a lawsuit against the league, alleging that the NFL ignored evidence of the long-term effects of head trauma.
- Contact an Atlanta DUI Lawyer (FindLaw)
- Former Falcon Jamal Anderson Charged with DUI (Fox News)
- DUI Traffic Stop FAQs (FindLaw)
- OSU Wide Receiver Justin Blackmon Arrested for DUI (FindLaw's Atlanta DUI Law Blog)