PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A former Steelers wide receiver and soon-to-be Hall of Honor inductee is in trouble with the law.
Police say Louis Lipps Jr. went on a drunken drive through Mt. Washington on Saturday night.
Lipps Jr. was arrested after crashing into a trailer in front of a home along Ruth Street.
According to the criminal complaint filed by police, Lipps’ blood alcohol content was almost three times the legal limit.
He allegedly told police he was on his way home, and officers say he didn’t know his truck hit a parked trailer.
The owner of the trailer, Edgar Alvarez, runs part of his taco business out of it.
“I get up and I see this big truck attached to my trailer. I said wow,” he said.
Police were called to the scene around 11 p.m. Officers found Lipps and his wife inside the truck. Court papers allege Lipps has bloodshot, watery, and glassed over eyes.
When police asked him to turn off the truck, Lipps believed it was already off, despite the fact that it was still running.
Officers had to catch Lipps from falling, reportedly telling police he had “a lot” to drink.
“As soon as I saw them, I was like ‘uh oh,'” Alvarez said about Lipps and his wife.
He then failed a field sobriety test, allegedly telling police “I’m going to fail, so no.”
When police took him to the Zone 6 headquarters for a breathalyzer test, court papers say Lipps blew a .235%
Alvarez said has had to cancel a few events. Currently, he’s working with his insurance company to get it fixed.
“I don’t know anything about cars. I know everything about food but not cars, so I don’t know what’s going on with the tires,” he said. “I feel sorry for them, but you can’t just drink and drive. You can’t do that.”
Lipps played for the Steelers from 1984 until 1992.
The Steelers plan to induct Lipps into the Hall Of Honor next weekend before the team takes on the Detroit Lions at Heinz Field.
The Steelers have not commented.