November 19, 2010 at 08:59am by Scott • 24 Comments »
Mike Williams — yes, the one you care about — has been arrested for DUI.
According to the available information, Williams’ breath testing registered a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.065 and 0.061 percent.
Wait, isn’t .08 the legal limit? Isn’t that why it’s called a “legal limit”? I’m at a loss for what he actually did wrong here.
[This is late-breaking news, so as I was typing this entry, Stephen Holder posted some more information here.]
Williams was driving a black Cadillac 57 mph in a 45 mph zone and weaving between lanes, said Larry McKinnon, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s spokesman.
I’d love to see the actual footage from the cop car of Williams weaving. I have a feeling “weaving” is code for “black dude out late at night in an expensive car”.
Two tests found his blood-alcohol level at .065 and .061, records show, below the limit of .08 set by state law.
But Williams failed a field sobriety test, McKinnon said.
So Williams couldn’t simultaneously stand on one leg, touch his nose with his head bent back and recite the alphabet backwards. I understand the need for keeping the streets safe and I support arresting people for drunk driving (it’s a very brave position I’m taking, I know), but this seems petty. Did anyone check to see if this cop is a 49ers fan?
A urine test was conducted and results are pending, he said. A urine test is done if a deputy suspects a driver is impaired by a substance other than alcohol, McKinnon said.
Oh shit. Please tell me he’s not this stupid. Williams is on the same team as a dude who has been indefinitely suspended for drugs. If I were the Bucs, I would have Tanard Jackson posters on every wall at One Buc as a reminder of what can happen when you take drugs while employed by an NFL team. But I’m jumping the gun here. He may not have taken any drugs. Or he could be like David Boston way back when he fell asleep at a traffic light because he was on roofies or something that didn’t show up right away. Please, let this be a case of an overzealous cop.
Williams is out of jail now and the team will leave for San Francisco today, but there has been no comment so far as to whether Williams will travel. If Williams doesn’t play, look for Micheal Spurlock to get a lot more action.
UPDATE: According to Adam Schefter, Williams will travel to San Francisco. Schefter is also saying that Williams volunteered to take the urine test in order to prove his innocence. He seems pretty confident about it, and that makes me feel a shitload better about the situation. I should probably stop basing my mood on the lives of athletes I don’t know.