A former star cornerback in the NFL was arrested for DUI after police say he lost control of his vehicle and smashed into a disabled truck, causing major damage to both vehicles and minor injuries to a nearby pedestrian.
Around 7 a.m. on Saturday, members of the Florida Highway Patrol arrived at the scene of a horrific-looking crash. A black Toyota truck with a flat tire had been parked along the shoulder of State Road 821 in Broward County when a black Tesla suddenly smashed into the back end of it.
The crash caused catastrophic damage to both vehicles, and a pedestrian was also hurt in the incident after the force of the collision caused the truck to strike a 59-year-old man, who was standing nearby. That man was taken to the hospital and treated for "multiple" minor injuries.
The man behind the wheel of the Tesla is believed to have been Vontae Davis, a 34-year-old who spent a decade playing professional football. While police and first responders were tending to victims and investigating the wreckage, Davis was spotted curled up and fast asleep near the highway wall.
Police cam footage obtained by TMZ indicates that Davis was likely under the influence. Even after police placed Davis in the back seat of a cop car, Davis had difficulty staying awake, and his speech was often difficult to understand. For example, when officers asked him where he had come from and where he had been headed, he mumbled a seemingly unintelligible answer that even confused the cops, but that Alejandro Avila of OutKick deciphered as "shookum."
During his conversation with police, Davis eventually admitted that he had been at a club earlier that morning and that he had consumed "two mixed drinks." He said he did not remember getting into a crash, and he refused several requests that he take a field sobriety test.
Despite the circumstances and his apparent condition, Davis still expressed surprise when police told him that they were arresting him for suspected DUI. But the cops kept their patience and remained firm with him.
"Your eyes are bloodshot. Your speech is slurred. You can barely stay awake," one cop noted. "You almost killed somebody," he added.
Davis was arrested and charged with DUI, drugs or alcohol. He pled not guilty and was released on $500 bond.
Davis had a solid, 10-year career in the NFL. He was selected by the Dolphins in the first round of the 2009 draft and spent three seasons in Miami. He was then traded to the Indianapolis Colts in 2012 and stayed for five seasons. During that time, he notched 13 total interceptions and was selected to play in two Pro Bowl games. He then signed a one-year contract with the Bills in 2018, but lasted only a couple of weeks. In mid-September that year, Davis abruptly retired in the middle of a game and never played another down again.
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