The Chargers’ wide receiver Vincent Jackson was on probation stemming from a 2006 drunken driving conviction when he was arrested early Tuesday on suspicion of DUI, according to officials.
Vincent Jackson is currently 25 years old. He was previously arrested on June 12, 2006, and pleaded guilty about four months later to a misdemeanor charges of driving under the influence. The court ordered that he not drive with a “measurable amount of alcohol or drugs” in his systems while on five years probation.
In his most recent incident, California Highway Patrol Officer Brad Baehr has said Jackson was driving east on state Route 52 near Interstate 805 just after 2:30 a.m. The officer pulled him over for an undisclosed traffic violation but was then discovered to be under the influence. He described Jackson as having glassy, red eyes and slurred speech. The officer administered a series of field sobriety tests, which Jackson did not perform well, according to the documents.
Jackson was arrested and took a breath test, which revealed a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.13 percent. The legal limit in California for blood-alcohol concentration is 0.08 percent. Jackson was booked into jail and released by 6 a.m.
At Chargers Park yesterday, Jackson practiced in preparation for Sunday’s playoff game at Pittsburgh. He later declined to be interviewed by reporters. He proclaimed his innocence in a statement released Tuesday.
“Obviously, we’re all behind him,” running back LaDainian Tomlinson said. “Vincent says he’s innocent. We’re his teammates and we’re going to stand behind him. It’s a tough situation, and I hope he can get past it.”
Asked if the situation was a distraction to the team, Tomlinson offered that it might be just the opposite.“If anything, it really kind of makes you focus in and really understand that you have to be on your toes at all times,” Tomlinson said. “You can’t put yourself in that position. You start to realize things like that. It brings you a little closer. Guys have rallied around him, have talked to him, to make sure he’s going to get past this.”
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