An Atlanta Police Department report on the arrest of Steelers WR Hines Ward released Monday said that the player had glassy, bloodshot eyes and failed field sobriety tests during a traffic stop early Saturday morning. Ward was arrested for driving under the influence.
The report states that just before 2:30 a.m. on Saturday, Ward drove his Aston Martin out of his lane and hit a curb. A transit officer called the DeKalb County police, who observed that the two-time Super Bowl champion "smelled strongly of alcohol." Ward claimed the only thing he'd drank that evening was two bottles of Corona beer.
The transit officer then gave Ward a series of sobriety tests, including a breathalyzer that registered positive for alcohol, the report said. It also details that the receiver couldn't keep his balance and mixed up and omitted letters from the alphabet.
Ward was then arrested and booked into DeKalb County jail. He was later released on bond.
Ward's marketing agent, Andrew Ree, released the following statement on Saturday afternoon:
"On July 9th Hines Ward was stopped by Dekalb Co. police for suspicion of misdemeanor driving under the influence. He cooperated fully with the police and truthfully answered all of their questions. We are currently in the process of ascertaining all the facts. From our preliminary investigation we can tell you that we are confident that the facts will show that Hines was NOT impaired by alcohol while driving. However, Hines is deeply saddened by this incident and apologizes to his fans and the Steelers organization for this distraction."
According to The Associated Press, Ward is scheduled to appear in DeKalb County State Court on Oct. 6. He faces a misdemeanor driving under the influence charge, punishable by up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine.