Tennessee sports fans may be interested to learn that former NFL player Donovan McNabb will serve 18 days in jail after pleading guilty to non-extreme drunk driving. The 38-year-old was arrested for DUI in Gilbert, Arizona, in June.
According to authorities, McNabb rear-ended a car stopped at a red light at approximately 11:35 p.m. on June 28. Responding officers said the former Philadelphia Eagle quarterback smelled like alcohol, had slurred speech, was unsteady on his feet and had bloodshot eyes. They determined he was impaired and placed him under arrest.
After McNabb serves his 18-day sentence, he will serve an additional 72 days under house arrest. He was also ordered to pay a fine of nearly $6,000. This is his second drunk driving arrest. In 2013, he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor DUI after being pulled over for driving 81 mph in a 65 mph zone in Arizona. He served one day in jail and paid a $1,500 fine.
McNabb played in the NFL for 13 seasons after being selected second overall by Philadelphia in the 1999 draft. He led the Eagles to four NFC championship games and one Super Bowl appearance. He also played briefly with Washington and Minnesota before retiring in 2011.
Tennessee residents who have been handed drunk driving charges can face harsh consequences, including jail time, if they are convicted. However, with the help of a criminal defense attorney, it may be possible to get the charges reduced or dismissed. In some cases, legal counsel may be able to dispute the accuracy of breathalyzer or field sobriety tests in order to get the charges dismissed. In other circumstances, it may be advisable to negotiate with prosecutors for a plea deal that reduces the most serious penalties in exchange for admitting guilt to a lesser offense.
Source: CBS Sports, "Report: Donovan McNabb to serve 18 days in jail for DUI," Ryan Wilson, Nov. 7, 2015