Police in Texas have reported that the National Football League star Ed Oliver Jr. was taken into custody on the night of May 16 and charged with driving while intoxicated and the unlawful possession of a weapon. The 22-year-old defensive tackle was released from the Montgomery County Jail the following morning after posting bail in the amount of $1,350. Before being selected by the Buffalo Bills with the ninth overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, Oliver was a standout athlete at the University of Houston where he was selected as an All-American three times.
911 call leads to DWI arrest
Oliver’s fortunes took a turn for the worse when Montgomery County deputies were dispatched after a concerned motorist called 911 to report that a white Ford pickup with a trailer was being driven recklessly and weaving between lanes in a construction zone on State Highway 242. Deputies pulled the pickup truck over near Patton Village a short time later. Deputies claim to have seen the vehicle traveling at approximately 85 mph on a stretch of road where the posted speed limit is 45 mph.
Suspect allegedly admits to drinking and taking drugs before driving
Deputies ordered Oliver to take a standardized field sobriety test after allegedly noticing signs of impairment. The NFL star is also said to have had an open can of beer between his legs. He was taken into custody after failing the test according to a police report. When they questioned him about the open beer, Oliver allegedly admitted to the deputies that he consumed alcohol and took Adderall before setting out on his journey. Adderall is a stimulant that contains amphetamine.
Resisting the urge to explain yourself to police
Individuals who have not been in trouble with the law before often feel the need to explain their actions when police officers suspect them of DWI. This is an urge that should be resisted as admissions will rarely deter police officers from making an arrest and could lead to a less favorable plea offer. If you are pulled over and find yourself facing a drunk driving charge, an experienced criminal defense attorney would probably advise you to be polite and courteous to police officers but make no statements until you have spoken to a lawyer.