Believe it or not, training camp will officially open for the NFL's 32 teams in just a matter of days. However, it's not the New York Jets that are generating the most headlines these days, but rather the normally quiet Tennessee Titans.
Last Friday, Kenny Britt, one of the team's premier wide receivers and a first round draft pick in 2009, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI) at an Army base.
According to reports, Britt was stopped by officials at Kentucky's Fort Campbell at 3:30 a.m. last Friday morning while trying to enter through a gate in his car. Britt was administered a field sobriety test and purportedly showed signs of intoxication. He later refused to submit to a breathalyzer exam, and was charged with both DUI and implied consent.
Britt was eventually escorted off the base and his car was impounded.
It remains unclear why Britt was on the base in the first place or who else was in the car with him.
"The incident is under investigation, and further comments are inappropriate to make at this time," said a base spokesperson. "We have contacted the Tennessee Titans and we ask that you direct further media inquiries through the Titans."
In the immediate aftermath of the DUI arrest, neither the Titans front office nor head coach Mike Munchak offered any additional details.
The DUI charges against Britt were filed at the Central Violations Bureau in Kentucky and he will eventually be assigned a court date for the U.S. District Court at Fort Campbell. In general, federal DUI charges are significantly more complicated than state charges and have the potential for serious punishment.
It is worth noting that this is not Britt's first off-the-field incident.
He was arrested several times during the NFL lockout last year and was eventually brought before NFL Commissioner Rodger Goodell, who declined to suspend him.
However, because he is considered a repeat offender, he may face a suspension of several games by either the league or the Titans.
Britt, who is under contract through 2013, missed a significant amount of last season after injuring his knee. However, he did make 17 catches for 289 yards and three touchdowns.
Stay tuned for more from our New York traffic law blog ...
A DWI/DUI arrest can have a serious impact on your life in a number of ways and result in various penalties. In fact, many of these penalties are much more serious than the mere license suspension or revocation.
When faced with this scenario, consider contacting an attorney who understands New York's confusing legal system, and who can help you evaluate your options and make the right decisions.
This post was provided for informational purposes only and is not to be construed as legal advice.
The Tennessean, "Titans' Kenny Britt charged with DUI," July 20, 2012