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Vince Young's Drunk Driving Arrest

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By Christopher Coble, Esq. on January 28, 2016 5:59 AM

Former Texas Longhorns and Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young was arrested in Austin after he was seen driving erratically last Saturday night. According to the affidavit for his arrest, Young's speech was slurred, his eyes were glassy, and he refused to provide a blood or breath sample.

Young was charged with misdemeanor driving while intoxicated and released on $2,000 bail.

Symptoms of Intoxication

According to the arresting documents, an officer first spotted the truck Young was driving stopped at a traffic light. When the light turned green, Young failed to begin driving for about 10 seconds. After that, Young's speed varied from between 25 to 30 mph on a service road to between 42 and 60 mph on a highway. The officer also saw Young's truck drift within its lane drift to the solid yellow line in the left lane while increasing his speed to 68 mph.

When the officer pulled him over, Young admitted to drinking three or four bottles of beer at the W Austin hotel before driving, and did not know what time it was. Young smelled strongly of alcohol, according to the officer, and his balance was swaying and unsure while walking. He also stumbled during a field sobriety test known as the "walk and turn," and failed to cooperate with more tests afterward.

A Longhorn Lesson

After his playing career ended, Young went to work for the Longhorn Network. He was also serving as a diversity and community engagement officer in the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at the University of Texas, and just last month he was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame.

Young posted a statement on his Facebook account after the incident:

"Regardless of the outcome of the pending investigation, I would like my friends, family and fans to know that I do not condone drinking and driving in any way whatsoever. I am very disappointed in myself and I am sorry for any conduct that has made this legal process necessary. I specifically want to apologize to the young men & women who look up to me as a role model and to my employers at the University of Texas and the Longhorn Network. Please let this be a lesson to you all and a moment for you to learn from. As a public figure, I take very seriously my obligation to set an example for others to learn from."

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