Bucs WR Mike Williams arrested on DUI charge

Posted Nov. 19, 2010 @ 10:04 a.m.
Posted By PFW staff

Buccaneers WR Mike Williams was arrested and charged with driving under the influence by Hillsborough County sheriff's office deputies at 2:48 a.m. ET Friday.

Williams, who leads all rookies in receiving yards with 627 in nine games this season, was arrested even though his blood-alcohol level was lower than the 0.08 level at which a motorist is considered too intoxicated to drive.

The ex-Syracuse standout was driving 57 mph in a 45-mph zone and weaving in and out of lanes, according to Hillsborough sheriff's spokesman Larry McKinnon. When Williams agreed to sobriety tests at the traffic stop, deputies saw signs of impairment. Breath tests showed Williams had blood-alcohol levels of 0.065 and 0.061. In Florida, drivers are presumed drunk at 0.08.

Williams also submitted to a urine test, with results pending. Deputies reported that Williams smelled of alcohol and had glassy eyes.

Williams was released from jail at 8:04 a.m. ET Friday after posting $500 bail.

According to the Tampa Tribune, the Bucs issued a statement from GM Mark Dominik that said the following: "We are in the process of gathering all the facts. Mike has been very cooperative."

Williams is expected to travel with the team to San Francisco on Friday and is likely to play against the 49ers on Sunday, though, according to The Pewter Report, he was not present at the team's practice Friday morning.

The Bucs' fourth-round draft pick last April has emerged as the favorite target of QB Josh Freeman and has become the team's No. 1 receiver. He has 40-627-5 receiving on the season with 13 catches of 20-plus yards, including two that traveled 40 or more yards.