The Carolina Panthers released Jarrett on Tuesday, hours after his second arrest on a charge of driving while impaired in less than three years.|||||||
Jarrett managed only 35 catches and one touchdown in four seasons in Carolina, and the Panthers have started two rookies ahead of him in the No. 2 receiver spot this season. Jarrett had trouble learning the playbook and adjusting to the NFL. After a rookie season where he rarely played, Jarrett was arrested in March 2008 in a Charlotte suburb after police say he crossed the center line and ran a red light. The police report said Jarrett's blood-alcohol level was .12.
Jarrett has been arrested on a charge of driving while impaired for the second time in less than three years, authorities said.|||||||
Jarrett was pulled over on Interstate 77 in Charlotte for speeding shortly before 2 a.m. Tuesday, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police spokesman Bob Fey said. Fey said Jarrett declined to take a breath test to determine his blood-alcohol content and results of the ensuing blood test won't be known for several weeks. The 24-year-old player was released on $2,000 bond.
Jarrett pleaded guilty to driving while impaired on Monday, minutes before he was scheduled to go on trial. Jarrett will enter the first stage of the NFL's substance abuse program, meaning he will be subject to more frequent tests for drugs and alcohol.|||||||
The DWI arrest capped a tumultuous rookie season for Jarrett. Expected to become a starter after being taken in the second round out of Southern California, Jarrett struggled to crack the lineup and was on the inactive list for much of the season. He was held six catches for 73 yards and no touchdowns and was criticized for not learning the playbook. Offseason acquisitions Muhsin Muhammad and D.J. Hackett are expected to vie for the starting job opposite Steve Smith.
Jarrett has pleaded not guilty to driving while impaired.|||||||
Jarrett did not attend a brief hearing Friday where his attorney entered the plea. Mecklenburg County District Court spokesman Charles Keller said a trial date was set for June 23. Jarrett had a disappointing rookie season with the Panthers in 2007. The second-round pick from Southern California failed to crack the starting lineup and was held to six catches for 73 yards and no touchdowns.
Police records show Jarrett's blood-alcohol level was .12 when he was arrested on a driving while impaired charge, above North Carolina's legal limit of .08. The 21-year-old was arrested early Tuesday in the Charlotte suburb of Mint Hill after police said he crossed the center line and ran a red light.|||||||
Mecklenburg County court spokesman Charles Keller said Jarrett's blood-alcohol reading was in a police document delivered to the court Wednesday. A hearing involving Jarrett was continued until April 11. The second-round pick from Southern California failed to crack the starting lineup last season and was held to six catches for 73 yards and no touchdowns.