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Bucs’ Mike Williams Not Charged with DUI
Back on November 19, 2010, Buccaneers’ rookie receiver Mike Williams was stopped and arrested in east Hillsborough County for DUI. His breathalyzer results, however, showed his blood alcohol level below Florida’s legal threshold. At the time, authorities said they would wait for further toxicology reports before deciding whether to file charges. This week, the Hillsborough County state attorney’s office announced that Williams would not be charged. Williams is one of five finalists for the 2010 NFL Pepsi Rookie of the Year Award.
Williams’ urine test results came back clean, according to prosecutors. They also indicated that their decision was based partly on video from the scene (presumably, a deputy’s dashboard camera).
Williams was pulled over for driving his black Cadillac 57 mph in a 45-mph zone, weaving in and out of lanes. Deputies said Williams smelled of alcohol and had glassy eyes. His breath tests, however, showed blood-alcohol levels of 0.065 and 0.061. In Florida, drivers are presumed intoxicated at 0.08.
Because drivers can be impaired due to drugs, law enforcement will often request blood or urine tests when they believe someone to be under the influence and breath tests show that there is little or no alcohol in the driver’s system. The Bucs reportedly performed a drug test on Williams after the arrest and found no evidence of illegal drug use. That test now appears to be backed up by one performed by the State of Florida.
If you or a loved one find yourselves in a situation in which law enforcement is seeking a urine or blood test, you should immediately seek advice from an experienced Tampa Bay area DUI and drug defense attorney.