Justin Blackmon, who was taken in the first-round by the Jacksonville Jaguars, was was arrested for aggravated DUI Sunday, according to ESPN.
Authorities said that the former Oklahoma State standout’s blood alcohol content was 0.24, when measured by a breathalyzer, 3 times the legal limit of 0.08 in Oklahoma.
Stillwater police spokesman Capt. Randy Dickerson said that Blackmon smelled of alcohol when an officer pulled him over shortly after 3 a.m.
According to Oklahoma DUI law, a driver can be charged with aggravated DUI if that driver’s BAC is 0.15 or greater
The Jaguars drafted Blackmon with the 5th pick in this year’s NFL draft in hopes that he could provide a spark for league’s worst offense.
“We are aware of the report and are gathering information,” Jaguars spokesman Dan Edwards said. “We don’t have any comment at this time.”
Blackmon was released from jail Sunday afternoon after posting $1,000 bond and is due in court Monday.
Dickerson said that a Stillwater police officer attempted to pull Blackmon over for doing 60 mph in a 35 mph zone and driving left of center early Sunday morning.
Blackmon then proceeded to drive approximately 4 blocks before stopping in a gas station parking lot, Dickerson added.
“He was unsteady on his feet, his speech was slurred, and his eyes were glassy and blood shot,” Dickerson said in a statement. “He admitted to consuming alcohol prior to driving.”
There were no passengers in Blackmon’s vehicle.
This is Blackmon’s second DUI arrest, as he was previously arrested on a misdemeanor DUI charge in Texas in 2010.
After his 2010 arrest Blackmon said, ”I’m embarrassed to be in this position.”
“I’m truly sorry to my family, to my friends and to Oklahoma State all together. I look forward to redeeming myself and proving to everybody that this isn’t who I am. I’m not this guy. I’m humbled by this experience and I will grow from it.”
Blackmon didn’t receive any jail time from the 2010 charge.
If this were Blackmon’s second DUI arrest as an NFL player, it would be almost assuredly result in a suspension issued by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
Yet, it would not be unprecedented for Goodell to take into account the 2010 DUI, which occurred while Blackmon was in college, as he essentially extended an NCAA imposed suspension on former Ohio State now Oakland Raider QB Terrell Pryor when he decided to forgo his senior season and enter the NFL’s Supplemental Draft last year.
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