Monday, January 28, 2013
Cowboys official on drunken driving: “One incident is too many”
In the most recent incident, Jay Ratliff’s blood alcohol was twice the legal limit.
GRAPEVINE The Grapevine Police Department released the results of Jay Ratliff’s blood alcohol test, taken shortly after he crashed his Ford F-150 early Tuesday. Says spokesman Robert Eberling, the Dallas Cowboy had a blood alcohol content of 0.16 — “which is twice the legal limit,” per Eberling’s email.
Last week, Grapevine PD released a search warrant affidavit written by Grapevine Police Officer Eric Barch, who was the first officer on the scene following the early Tuesday morning accident involving the nose tackle, who clipped an 18-wheeler on his way to his Southlake home after a night spent “chillin’ with a homegirl” in Arlington. Barch wrote that initially Ratliff didn’t appear to be intoxicated, but only because “I was upwind from him,” said the affidavit.
“Ratliff was not slurring his words and seemed to be moving around quite well given the wreck,” Barch noted. Still, the officer added, “nighttime wrecks often involve intoxicated motorists.” He gave Ratliff a second look-see and espied bloodshot eyes. Eventually Ratliff flunked all three phases of the three-part Standardized Field Sobriety Test, and was taken to jail, where he became verbally abusive.
He refused to let officers test his breath, and eventually had his blood drawn.
Shortly after Grapevine police released Ratliff’s BAC, the Cowboys released a statement from former running back Calvin Hill, now the team’s player development consultant.
“We have been in communication with Jay Ratliff regarding this incident,” said Hill, “and we will monitor the legal process and work within the NFL guidelines for player behavior moving forward.”
Hill also addressed, indirectly, the accident involving Josh Brent that resulted in the death of teammate Jerry Brown.
“Having recently experienced the most tragic of circumstances regarding this issue, we, as an organization, understand the ultimate consequences of driving while impaired,” Hill said. “We know that one incident is too many.
“The critical goal is to effect the decision making process in the hours before the wrong decision is made. Our player assistance programs in the areas of preventing incidents such as these are at the highest level in professional sports, but we are always looking to do better and for ways to improve. We will continue to draw upon the best expertise and resources available, both internally and from outside the organization, to work toward being the best in the areas of education, prevention, and effecting the right decisions.”
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