A report by Jerry McDonald of the Contra Costa Times reveals Jacoby Ford was arrested last month on suspicion of Driving Under the Influence of alcohol. On Wednesday the District Attorney's office has elected not to press charges. Here are the details of the arrest:
Ford, 25, was arrested March 14 at 5th and Union streets in Oakland after California Highway Patrol officers pulled him over for having tinted windows so dark officers could not see inside the driver's window of his black Mercedes CL-63, CHP Officer Sam Morgan said.
Officers originally spotted Ford driving eastbound off the Bay Bridge decline and followed him as he transitioned onto southbound Interstate 880, Morgan said. As officers paced him, they discovered that he was driving 75 mph in the 55 mph zone.
Ford pulled off the interstate onto Oakland city streets as officers performed the traffic stop. When he opened his window, officers noticed the smell of alcohol coming from his car and his breath, Morgan said.
Officers asked him to step out of the car and perform a series of field sobriety tests, which led officers to believe he was intoxicated, Morgan said.
Ford was arrested on DUI charges and taken to North County Jail, where he was booked and released within hours, Morgan said. He was alone in the car at the time of his arrest.
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This makes the third such arrest for the Raiders in the past year. Both the other incidents happened to players who are no longer on the team - Rolando McClain and Darrius Heyward-Bey. McClain was pulled over for a window tint violation in January of this year and was arrested for giving a false name. Heyward-Bey was tailed on suspicion of drunk driving on the Bay Bridge just as Ford was. He was arrested for DUI and charges were filed.
DHB was not punished by the league as it was his first such offense. As for Ford, not only is it his first such incident, but there is no offense because there were no charges filed. Still, having this weighing on his mind for a month had to be very difficult for him. He expressed his frustration on Twitter a week following his arrest.
Never been tested like this before in my life but I guess it will all sort itself out in the end!— Jacoby Ford (@JacobyFord12) March 21, 2013
The Raiders are probably not too pleased either with the negative light. A team spokesperson released a statement on the matter saying "The Raiders organization is aware of the situation involving Jacoby Ford and takes matters such as this very seriously."
Even still, there is really nothing to punish. Ford can now relax and move on. If there is a lesson to be learned, he has learned it.