Baltimore Ravens quarterback Steve McNair was arrested for a driving under the influence after midnight in Nashville, according to Tennessee police officials.
McNair was a passenger in his Dodge pickup truck driven by his brother-in-law who was identified as Jamie Cartwright, according to police officials. Although McNair wasn’t driving, he was charged under a Tennessee law ordinance that states that the owner of a vehicle can be charged if he’s the passenger when the driver is arrested for a DUI charge.
The owner can then be charged even if he’s not intoxicated. No information has been released on whether McNair was impaired.
McNair has been released on $1,000 bond along with Cartwright after being booked downtown without incident, police officials said.
Cartwright refused to take a Breathalyzer exam.
The vehicle was stopped on Hillsboro Road nearby downtown Nashville after a police officer recorded it at 44 mph in a 30 mph zone. Tennessee police officials said they planned to release more information later today.
McNair has had one previous DUI, being arrested in Nashville in May of 2003 on charges of driving under the influence and illegal gun possession. The charges were later dismissed after a judge threw out the evidence, citing that there wasn’t sufficent reason for the police to pull McNair over. The gun was registered legally.
It’s undetermined if McNair will be punished by the league, which has expanded its personal conduct policy significantly under new commissioner Roger Goodell.
Return specialist B.J. Sams was arrested and charged with DUI on Oct. 3, his second DUI charge since joining the Ravens, and is scheduled to appear in Towson district court next Tuesday.
The former NFL Co-Most Valuable Player led the Ravens to an AFC North title and a franchise-record 13-3 record during his first season with the team. The three-time Pro Bowl passer threw for 3,050 yards, 16 touchdowns and 12 interceptions last season.
Aaron Wilson covers the Baltimore Ravens for the Carroll County Times in Westminster, Maryland