A court date has been set for Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Ed Oliver, who is facing charges of driving while intoxicated and unlawfully carrying a weapon in his home state of Texas.
Oliver is scheduled to be arraigned Aug. 11 in Montgomery County Court in Conroe, Texas, the Buffalo News has learned.
Oliver was arrested Saturday shortly after 9 p.m. CST on the charges, both of which are Class B misdemeanors. According to MontgomeryCountyPoliceReporter.com, Oliver was pulled over on State Highway 242 after another driver called 911 to report a pickup truck pulling a trailer was driving dangerously in a 45 mph construction zone and failing to stay in a lane.
A report Wednesday from Houston television station KHOU provided additional details, some of which conflict slightly with the original report. Referencing court documents, the TV station reported that Oliver was driving 80 mph in a “no passing” zone.
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office has not yet filled a request from the News for the police report pertaining to Oliver.
The original report stated that when officers approached his car, Oliver had an open beer between his legs. Documents cited by KHOU say Oliver had an open can of Bud Light in the driver’s-side door.
Additionally, the station reports that Oliver told officers he drank a beer at about 1 p.m. Saturday and that he is taking Adderall. The report does not clarify whether Oliver was under the influence of Adderall at the time of his arrest. The initial report said police thought Oliver was impaired by "possibly something other than alcohol." A search of his car did not find any drugs, but found a small caliber pistol.
Adderall is a stimulant used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. It is banned by the NFL and is considered to be a performance enhancer by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). NFL players can use Adderall for specified medical conditions, but only if they apply for and are granted a therapeutic use exemption. It’s not clear if Oliver has petitioned the league for such an exemption.
When asked about the KHOU report, the Bills referenced their original statement issued Sunday: “We are aware of the situation and we are gathering more information. We will have no further comment at this time."
After his arrest, Oliver was transported to the hospital for a mandatory blood test and then transported to jail. He was released Sunday morning after paying $1,350 in bail.
Oliver, 22, is being represented in the case by Houston attorney Gary Patterson. He did not return a message left at his office Wednesday.
Oliver is continuing to participate in the team's virtual offseason program, a league source said Monday.
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