PITTSBURGH (KDKA/AP) — Sheriff’s officials in Georgia say Steelers star Hines Ward was taken into custody on charges of driving under the influence early Saturday morning just outside of Atlanta.
The wide receiver, former Super Bowl MVP and reigning “Dancing With the Stars” champion was booked into the DeKalb County jail after 3:30 a.m. and charged with driving under the influence.
He was later released on $1,300 bond.
KDKA’s Kym Gable spoke with Ward’s agent and manager, Andrew Ree, by phone Saturday.
He said: “On July 9, 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.”
Around 2:30 a.m., police in DeKalb County say they noticed an Aston Martin crossing lanes and hitting a curb, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
The sheriff’s office said it had turned over paperwork to the courts and couldn’t release any further information about the arrest.
According to our news partners at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Steelers spokesperson as well as the Rooney family are aware of the incident, and are not commenting further.
Since being drafted in the third round in 1998, Ward, 35, has been a four-time Pro Bowl selection and won two Super Bowls. He played at the University of Georgia.
On Friday, Ward posted on his Facebook page about texting and driving and his efforts to try to stop. He said: “I’m bad at doing that. It’s very unsafe.”
Back in May, Ward and an unidentified woman were handcuffed by police in Los Angeles. Ward called the whole situation was a misunderstanding.
Authorities say the woman had reported her car stolen, eventually found it, but did not report back to police she had located the vehicle.
Later that month, Ward and professional dancer Kym Johnson won the “Dancing With the Stars” title. He is the second professional football player to win the reality show. Emmitt Smith won in 2006.
Atlanta Constitution Journal: “Steelers receiver Hines Ward arrested for DUI in DeKalb County”
CBSSports.com: “Ward’s agent: Hines not impaired while driving”
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