Former NFL Quarterback Ryan Mallett Arrested for DUI

By Paula Liu

The former NFL player Ryan Mallett was arrested on Sept. 10, on suspicion of driving under the influence, according to multiple reports.

While driving, Mallett drove his car across the centerline and crashed into another vehicle around 6:30 p.m., in Springdale, Arkansas, according to TMZ Sports. The Springdale Police Department responded to the accident and arrived on the scene of the crash, and arrested Mallett around 7 p.m. on suspicion of intoxicated driving.

Jeff Taylor, the Springdale Police Department lieutenant, said that the crashed happened near the intersection of New Hope Road and AR-112, according to KNWA.

4029 News reported that officers on the scene of the crash noticed that the former NFL player had “bloodshot watery eyes and could smell a strong odor of intoxicants coming from his persons.” He was given a field sobriety which indicated the former NFL player had a blood alcohol level of .08 or more, according to the news outlet. Saturday Down South reported that he was cooperative with the authorities at the time of his arrest.

After he was taken into custody, he was transported to the Springdale City jail and given a blood-alcohol test. The results show that he possessed a blood alcohol concentration level of .081, according to 4029 News. He was then booked at 7:43 p.m.

TMZ Sports reported that Mallett was cited for careless prohibited driving, which the authorities gave him a ticket for. A court date has been set for the former NFL player on Oct. 14.

Authorities have to release further details regarding the former NFL player, according to KNWA. It is not known whether Mallett will be represented by an attorney, according to the police department records, according to TSN.

It’s not the first time he has encountered authorities. In March 2009 while he was still playing for Arkansas, he was arrested in Fayetteville for public intoxication, according to KNWA. He pleaded guilty.

Mallett used to play football at the University of Arkansas and was regarded as a star player, according to TMZ Sports. Saturday Down South reported that from 2009-2011, he threw for 7,493 yards, scored 62 touchdowns, and 19 inceptions. During his time playing for Arkansas, he helped lead Arkansas to an 18-8 record.

He was drafted into the NFL in 2011 and suited up for the New England Patriots, Houston Texans, and Baltimore Ravens over seven years. During his NFL career, he threw 1,835 yards, scored nine touchdowns, and 10 inceptions, according to Saturday Down South.