Redskins' Westbrook charged with DUI

Saturday, February 20, 2010

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Redskins' Westbrook charged with DUI

Washington Redskins cornerback Byron Westbrook was arrested on a drunken driving charge early Friday after a Charles County sheriff's deputy saw him driving erratically on a state highway in Waldorf, the sheriff's department said.

Westbrook, 25, who lives in Herndon, was driving a gray Mercedes on Route 5 near Lakewood Place shortly before 2 a.m. when the deputy saw the car "cross the lane marker several times," said Diane Richardson, a department spokeswoman. After stopping Westbrook, who was alone, the deputy "detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage" in the vehicle, Richardson said.

She said Westbrook failed "several field sobriety tests" and declined to take a breath test. After being charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving while impaired, negligent driving and failing to stay on the right side of the road, he was released to await a court appearance, Richardson said. His arrest was first reported on the Web site of WRC-TV (Channel 4).

The Redskins said in a statement Friday that they are aware of the charges Westbrook faces.

"We take these issues very seriously," General Manager Bruce Allen said in a prepared statement. "Moving forward, we plan to meet with Byron and will continue to monitor the situation."

Westbrook did not immediately return messages seeking comment Friday. Westbrook appeared in 15 of the Redskins' 16 games last season, mostly on special teams.

The most serious charge he faces, driving under the influence of alcohol, is punishable by up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine, in addition to a six-month driver's license suspension.

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Minnesota Vikings left tackle Bryant McKinnie must pay back the NFL for his non-participation in the Pro Bowl. The NFL said Friday it will require a $4,285 reimbursement from McKinnie for expenses incurred that week in Miami. McKinnie skipped most of the team practices and obligations, and was then dismissed from the NFC all-star squad.


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