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Joseph Coupal - Friday, July 15, 2011
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver, Hines Ward was arrested early Saturday outside Atlanta, Georgia for drunk driving. The reigning “Dancing With the Stars” champion was charged and released on $1300 bond. Ward’s attorney released a statement saying, “We are confident that the facts will show that Hines was not impaired by alcohol while driving.” The details surrounding the arrest paint a different picture of Ward who, according to the police report, “swayed back and forth and was getting agitated while conducting the evaluation.” The evaluation included a “one leg stand” and the “walk and turn” field sobriety test. The officer also reported that “Mr. Ward could not keep his balance and started before instructed several times,” and that he missed the heel to toe, stepped off the line, and conducted an improper turn. The portable Alco-Sensor FST test showed a reading of Ward’s blood alcohol content (“BAC”) to be 0.128, above the legal limit of 0.08. Police use the Alco-Sensor tests to determine probable cause in DUI arrests. However, because the test is not reliable enough to determine the BAC, they are not admissible in Georgia courts. The former Super Bowl MVP refused to take the state-administered Breathalyzer, which could result in a suspension of his driver’s license regardless of the outcome of his case. Ward is set to appear Oct. 6 in DeKalb County State Court.

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