Cardinals OLB Clark Haggans reported to the Westmoreland County (Pa.) Prison Wednesday to serve a nine-day sentence for a 2011 driving under the influence offense.
Haggans, who just re-signed with the Cardinals for the 2012 season earlier this month, will serve a mandatory 48 hours, then be on work release for seven days, county Sheriff Jon Held told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Haggans, 35, played the first eight years of his NFL career with the Steelers before playing the past four seasons in Arizona.
He was arrested April 21, 2011, in Maricopa County, Ariz. According to court records there, police pulled Haggans over for speeding and running a red light.
Records indicate police determined his blood-alcohol content was more than .20 percent. Drivers with a .08 blood-alcohol content are considered legally intoxicated in Arizona.
In a statement released on his Twitter, Haggans said he was rushing home from a concert, after his babysitter called to say his 5-year-old daughter was having trouble breathing. Haggans ran a red light and was pulled over but escorted home by the police officer to tend to his daughter. The officer then cited Haggans with two moving violations, including suspicion of driving under the influence.
"In hindsight, I should have found another way home," he said, "and I take full responsibility for for my actions."
Haggans is paying the county (located just east of Pittsburgh) $702 to serve his sentence locally, despite the fact that Haggans, who lives in Arizona, had his DUI arrest in Arizona. The player requested to serve his sentence at the jail.
The Colorado State product also had a DUI conviction in 2004 in Colorado.