Patriots’ Dennard arrested on suspicion of DUI

Patriots’ Dennard arrested on suspicion of DUI
July 11, 2013, 9:00 am
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The only thing that may be worse than Alfonzo Dennard's decision-making is his timing.

Dennard was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, refusing a chemical test and a driving infraction in Lincoln, Neb. around 2 a.m. Thursday morning, according to the Lincoln Police Department.

Police say that officers saw a red Honda Accord straddling the lane line on Normal Boulevard, and that Dennard, 23, was alone in the vehicle. When the responding officer approached Dennard, the Patriots second-year cornerback "emitted an odor of alcohol and displayed signs of impairment."

Standardized Field Sobriety Tests were conducted at the scene, and Dennard was transported to Cornhusker Place for a formal breath test. However, there, he would not provide "an adequate breath sample for testing."

He has a court date on Aug. 12.

It's the second dust-up with the law in as many years for the Patriots second-year cornerback. Dennard was given two years of probation, 100 hours community service and a 30-day jail sentence for assaulting a Lincoln police officer in April of 2012 just days before the NFL Draft. As a result, he fell all the way to the seventh round where the Patriots selected him.

Lancaster County Court Judge Stephanie Stacy said during Dennard's sentencing in April that she would allow him to wait until after the 2013 NFL season to serve his jail sentence.

“There are a lot of people who are watching you — young athletes who will model your behavior, your attitudes, particularly about law enforcement,” Stacy said to Dennard at the time. “I hope this order of probation gives you an opportunity to set a positive example and positively influence people. I encourage you take advantage of that. Good luck to you.”

Obviously, as authorities continue their investigation into the Aaron Hernandez murder case, this is exactly the kind of thing the Patriots don't want to have to deal with right now.

The Patriots released a statement on Dennard's arrest, saying, "The New England Patriots are extremely disappointed to learn of Alfonzo Dennard’s arrest. We take this matter very seriously and are working to get more information on the incident."

An NFL spokesman gave the Boston Herald a statement as well: "We will look into it, as we would any such incident, but will not speculate on an outcome until all the facts are known."

More to come . . .