NFL teams generally dread the period from the end of minicamp to the start of training camp. During that time, if a player makes the news, it’s usually for the wrong reasons.
The Buffalo Bills are dealing with that now after rookie running back Jonathan Williams was arrested early Thursday morning for driving while intoxicated and violation of implied consent in Fayetteville, Ark.
A fifth-round draft pick who played in college at Arkansas, Williams was arrested at 2:06 a.m. after police responded to a call about an intoxicated driver.
Williams was pulled over after the responding officer observed his car “weaving within its own lane.”
According to a preliminary report filed in Fayetteville District Court and obtained by The Buffalo News, police observed that Williams had red, watery eyes and slurred speech. When asked for his driver’s license and proof of insurance, he first took his debit card out of his wallet.
Williams told police that he was giving a female passenger in his car a ride home, and that he had had one beer at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
After getting out of the car, the responding officer noted in his report that he smelled “intoxicants” on Williams’ breath, and noted that he “observed enough clues to believe Williams was intoxicated.”
The preliminary report goes on to state that Williams told police his agent “advised him to refuse to provide a breath sample if he were ever in this situation.”
Williams was taken to Washington County Detention Center. He was booked at 3:21 a.m. and released at 5:29 a.m., according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
The Bills issued the following statement Thursday: “We are aware of the report and are in the process of gathering information. We have notified the league office of the report under the rules of the NFL Personal Conduct Policy.”
Williams missed all of the 2015 season with the Razorbacks because of torn ligaments in his foot.
He was featured in our recent story which included him and Bills legend Thurman Thomas.
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