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BIG_DADDY
10-28-2004, 12:55 PM
Redskins Rookie Taylor Arrested on Drunken Driving Charge
Oct 28, 1:07 PM (ET) Email this Story

By JOSEPH WHITE
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) - Washington Redskins rookie Sean Taylor was arrested early Wednesday on charges of driving under the influence and refusing a breathalyzer test, the latest setback in a tumultuous year for the No. 5 overall draft pick.

Taylor was pulled over by a Virginia state trooper at about 2:45 a.m. EDT, on Washington's Interstate 495 beltway. The officer suspected Taylor had been drinking, and Taylor then flunked some field sobriety tests, according to Virginia State Police Lt. Harry Newlin.

"During the traffic stop (the trooper) suspected Mr. Taylor of consuming alcohol," said Lt. Harry Newlin of the Virginia State Police. "He failed some field sobriety tests, was subsequently arrested for driving under the influence. He refused a breath test."

Taylor was held for several hours in the Fairfax County Jail and released on an unsecured bond at about 10 a.m. He is due in court Dec. 1. A first offense is punishable by up to one year in prison and-or a $2,500 fine.

Taylor was not on the field when the Redskins began practice at noon. A team spokesman said coach Joe Gibbs would address the matter after the workout.


The former University of Miami safety has made headlines for all the wrong reasons since the Redskins selected him in April.

Taylor left the NFL's mandatory rookie symposium early and was fined $25,000. He showed up at his first minicamp wearing shorts that were so baggy they kept falling to his knees. His vision was impaired temporarily at a later minicamp when a pile of shaving gel was squirted into his face by linebacker LaVar Arrington in a wayward prank.

Taylor also fired his agent within days of the draft, and his contract negotiations were delayed because he took so long to hire a new one. When he finally found an agent, he signed a seven-year, $18 million deal. He then fired the agent and rehired his original one. He also boycotted the media for a few weeks.

On the field, Taylor made a strong impression in exhibition games with three interceptions, but he was unable to work his way into the starting lineup. He played sparingly in his first game, but he was a starter at free safety by Week 3 and had his first interception and first sack in the Redskins' last game, a 13-10 victory over Chicago before the bye week.

ChiefsCountry
10-28-2004, 01:09 PM
Thats another fine product from the University of Miami.

Iowanian
10-28-2004, 01:10 PM
He and warfield can share a cab.

Chiefnj
10-28-2004, 01:12 PM
If he had gotten the 18.2 million he had hoped for he could have afforded a limo. Damn Snyder!

Earthling
10-28-2004, 01:19 PM
:deevee: What a sad story...I need a beer.

Demonpenz
10-28-2004, 01:19 PM
Well i am glad they cancelled the show playmakers, because it was unrealistic

Crush
10-28-2004, 01:25 PM
Go Hurricanes!

Scaga
10-28-2004, 02:01 PM
And that's why we should draft more players from the big name schools ROFL

Hydrae
10-28-2004, 03:13 PM
Washington Redskins rookie Sean Taylor was arrested early Wednesday on charges of driving under the influence and refusing a breathalyzer test...

Refusing a breathalyzer is a crime now? :shrug:

Uncle Jesse
10-28-2004, 03:47 PM
What's the BAC limit in Virginia??


I bet he can hold more booze than Warfield

Rain Man
10-28-2004, 03:52 PM
Based on his career so far, he appears to be pretty well-adjusted for a Miami player.

ENDelt260
10-28-2004, 04:03 PM
Refusing a breathalyzer is a crime now? :shrug:
It's a civil charge in AZ. You'll lose your license for a year for it.

OmahaChief
10-28-2004, 04:14 PM
Stupid and unaccecptable mistake by any player. I love the clowns that jump on it since he was from UM but were happy that a 3 time offender got to play for us last Sunday.

Really, Sean Taylor needs to grow up but his mistake has nothing to do with where he went to college. He should be suspended for a couple games by the league, he left the rookie symposium early and was fined for it. Maybe he missed the part about drinking and driving.