According to the Monticello Daily News (Arkansas), Lions defensive tackle Corey Williams was arrested for DWI in Arkansas back in June of 2011.
Williams was pulled over in a traffic stop by an Arkansas State Trooper for crossing the center line, according to the report. Williams failed a field sobriety test at the scene, and was then arrested. William reportedly blew a .10 on the BAC test — .08 is the legal limit.
Williams’ attorney, Rickey Hicks, filed a motion to suppress the traffic stop and subsequent charges, claiming that Williams was racially profiled and that he did not cross the center line. His motion stated that Williams and all passengers in the vehicle were African-American.
According to the report by the Daily News, Hicks claimed that Williams “was driving a Ford F650, which is an unusually large Ford pick-up truck, with unusually large wheels and tires.”
Williams and his attorney appeared before District Judge Ken Harper in Arkansas this week. Harper took the case “under advisement” and is expected to rule within the next week, according to the report.
The incident happened during the lockout last year, but players arrested during the lockout can be considered for entry into the leagues Substance Abuse Program.
“Corey did not report this incident to us when it happened due to the prohibition of contact during last year’s work stoppage,” the team said in a statement Friday. “We are aware of today’s reports. We are in the process of gathering more information and will have further comment when appropriate.”
The Lions have made plenty of news this offseason with six separate incidents involving players and law enforcement. Though Williams’ incident happened 13 month ago, it will ultimately get lumped in with the other off-the-field troubles by Lions players and will be considered another black eye for a team that’s dealt with enough of them already.
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