Denver Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno's lead foot led to his arrest last week for DUI in a construction zone, according to police.
Moreno, 24, was pulled over for speeding Feb. 1 in a Bentley convertible with personalized license plates that read "SAUCED," Denver's KDVR-TV reports. Moreno was going 70 mph in a 45 mph construction zone on Interstate 25, the station reported.
The Denver police officer who stopped Moreno smelled alcohol. But Moreno apparently wasn't too sauced -- he was "very respectful and polite," police told KDVR.
The officer administered a roadside sobriety test, which Knowshon Moreno allegedly failed, according to police. Moreno was arrested in connection with DUI and taken to a detox facility.
Colorado defines DUI as driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.08% or above. The law calls for a minimum 9-month driver license suspension for a driver's first DUI offense, along with possibly up to one year in jail, a $1,000 fine, and 96 hours of community service. Penalties are harsher for subsequent DUIs.
Colorado also penalizes "Driving While Ability Impaired," or DWAI -- when a driver has a blood alcohol level of between 0.05% and 0.08%. A driver racks up points on his license and could also face jail time, fines, and public service for his first DWAI; subsequent DWAI citations call for driver license suspensions.
In addition to DUI, Moreno was also charged with careless driving and failing to have insurance, The Denver Post reports. His court date is set for March 2.
Moreno, a former star running back at the University of Georgia, was a first-round draft pick for the Broncos in 2009. "We take the incident involving Knowshon Moreno very seriously and are thoroughly reviewing this matter," the Broncos said in a statement.
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