The NFL DUI epidemic is still in full swing, apparently. On Friday, Tennessee Titans receiver Kenny Britt was arrested and charged with DUI in Fort Campbell, Kentucky, The Associated Press reports.
According to authorities, Britt tried to pass through a security gate at the Fort Campbell Army installation, but was nabbed for drunk driving. For many, the recent arrest comes as no surprise, considering it's Britt's eighth incident involving the police since he was drafted in 2009.
Britt tried to pass through the post at Gate 4 on the Kentucky side of the army base early Friday morning. However, his driving caught the attention of military police who requested that Britt submit to a blood alcohol test.
Britt refused to submit to a Breathalyzer test, but was given a field sobriety test, which he failed. Military police arrested Britt and charged him with DUI and an implied consent violation.
Most states, including Georgia, have implied consent laws. Such laws hold that any person driving in the state has given "implied consent" to a Breathalyzer, blood, or urine test if suspected of driving under the influence. Drivers who refuse to submit to a blood alcohol test can have their license suspended for at least a year in Georgia. That's a longer license suspension period than you'd get for many DUI offenses in Georgia.
Britt has a history of run-ins with the law. In fact, this is his eighth incident involving the police. In August, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell decided not to suspend Britt over the numerous police incidents that occurred during the NFL lockout.
It's unlikely that Goodell and the league will turn a blind eye to Kenny Britt's recent arrest, however, since Goodell has been pushing for harsher penalties for NFL DUI offenses. Under the league's current substance abuse policy, players are fined the equivalent of a game check for a first-time DUI offense.
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