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Virginia Police Arrest NFL Cornerback on DUI Charge

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Kansas City Chiefs cornerback David Macklin was arrested for drunk driving in Newport News, Virginia on March 13, 2009. 

State police spokeswoman Corinne Geller confirmed Macklin was driving a 2005 BMW west on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard and was initially pulled over around 3:30 a.m. Friday morning for illegal window tint. 

Reports indicated that a police officer approached the vehicle and the smell of excessive alcohol was apparent.  The Virginia State trooper proceeded to give Macklin several field sobriety tests, in which he performed poorly.

“Further investigation determined that the driver’s blood alcohol level was in excess of Virginia’s legal limit of .08,” stated trooper JR Street.  Macklin’s blood alcohol test actually showed a level of .11 BAC.

Macklin’s hometown is Newport News, Virginia, where he played basketball and football for Menchville High School.  He went on to play football at Penn State and was drafted into the NFL in 2000.  Last season he played cornerback for the Kansas City Chiefs. 

The charges Macklin was arrested for are having illegal window tint and DUI, a first-time misdemeanor offense.  He was held at the Newport News city jail and was released after he posted a $2,500 bond.  His hearing is being held Monday, March 16 at the Newport News General District Court. 

Macklin’s arrest is one of many that has occurred during this St. Patrick’s Day holiday weekend.  Virginia is cracking down on dangerous drivers.  The cities of Richmond, Lynchburg and several surrounding jurisdictions in the state of Virginia have launched campaigns to keep the roads safe this St. Patrick’s Day. Every year, hundreds of people die in alcohol related accidents, and several cities in the sate of Virginia are trying to do their part in decreasing this statistic.

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