New Jersey football fans may be familiar with the name of Nick Fairley. He is the defensive tackle for the Detroit Lions and was their first round draft pick. He had also been in the news less than two months ago for a misdemeanor charge of possession of marijuana after a traffic stop near his home.
More recently, Fairley was arrested on DUI charges. The arrest came after patrolling state troopers say they witnessed Fairley driving at 100 m.p.h. at 1:13 a.m. in his Cadillac Escalade. The police say that they attempted to pull Fairley over with the use of their emergency lights and siren.
However, according to police, Fairley attempted to elude the stop by continuing to drive and not pulling over. He eventually did stop though. According to state troopers, Fairley showed signs of impairment.
Fairley was placed under arrest on charges of:
- Driving under the influence of alcohol
- Attempting to elude police
- Reckless driving
- No proof of insurance
- Open container
Fairley was brought into custody and then released in the morning after posting a $1750 bond.
Fairley was asked to submit to a Breathalyzer test. Fairley apparently refused to submit to the breath test. Evidence from the results of such a test could establish his blood-alcohol content which could have been used in the criminal case against him.
It is important to note here that while the refusal of a breath test limits the evidence that prosecutors can use against one who stands accused of DUI, it usually carries with it its own consequences.
Fairley’s employer, the Detroit Lions, says that they are still gathering information. Aside from the criminal charges he faces, Fairley could face disciplinary action from the NFL as well.
Source: The Examiner, “Lions’ Nick Fairley arrested again, clocked doing 100 m.p.h. on highway,” May 28, 2012