Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward is seen in his police mug shot from the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office after he was arrested early Saturday outside Atlanta on a drunk driving charge. (DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office via Getty Images)
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward was arrested early Saturday outside Atlanta on a drunk driving charge, sheriff’s officials said.
The Super Bowl most valuable player and reigning “Dancing With the Stars” champion was booked into the DeKalb County jail in Decatur at 3:41 a.m. and charged with driving under the influence. A jail official said Ward was released on $1,300 bond, though the sheriff’s office website said his bond was set at $1,000. The discrepancy couldn’t be immediately resolved Saturday.
The sheriff’s office said it had turned over paperwork to the courts and could not release any further information about the player’s arrest. DeKalb County police did not return repeated emails and phone calls seeking details of the arrest.
Atlanta lawyer Andrew Ree issued a statement saying that Ward, 35, cooperated fully with police and truthfully answered their questions.
“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,” Ree wrote. “However, Hines is deeply saddened by this incident and apologizes to his fans and the Steelers organization for this distraction.”
A Steelers spokesman did not immediately respond to a message.
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