Former UT quarterback Vince Young arrested on DWI charge

Vincent P. Young (APD)
Vincent P. Young (APD)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Former University of Texas quarterback Vince Young was arrested for driving while intoxicated late Sunday evening in Austin.

According to the Austin Police Department, Young was stopped on Interstate 35, near 51st Street just before midnight. He was booked into the Travis County Jail where his bond was set at $2,000.

The University of Texas at Austin said Tuesday that Young will continue to be an employee of UT. “We are working directly with Mr. Young to address the issues related to this situation, as we would with any employee,” the statement said.

Officers state in the arrest affidavit that when the red light turned green at the I-35 service road and 6th street, Young was observed waiting a little less than ten seconds before driving off. The affidavit also states officers saw Young drift in lanes at speeds of 40 to 60 mph, failing to use his turn signal. On the upper deck at the 3500 block of I-35 the affidavit states Young continued to weave in lanes at 68 mph with his left tires on the solid yellow line.

Young was described by police in the affidavit as “uncooperative and polite.” Before getting in the car, Young admitted to police in the affidavit, he had three to four bottles of beer at the W Hotel that night. When asked by officers what time it was, Young said in the affidavit that he thought it was “early, about 2:30,” when the actual time was 11:23 p.m. According to the affidavit, the officer noticed a strong smell of alcohol on Young, who refused a preliminary breath test and blood test. Police said his speech was mumbled and slurred.

“On [the arrest record alone] I think it would be very difficult to get a conviction… for the state against Mr. Young for driving while intoxicated,” said Austin defense attorney Eric Harron, who KXAN News asked to look over Young’s case. “It appears that the only evidence they have is a little of mumbling speech and swaying balance.”

Harron says drivers can act in a similar way from the nervousness of being stopped on the side of a busy highway or having to interact with police. However, Harron says a key part of the case could be blood test results. Police say they got a search warrant to conduct a blood draw on Young.
“Now I’m seeing more of an aggressive prosecution on total refusal cases, trying to punish people who refuse,” said Harron. “Usually those cases here in Austin are coupled with a warrant blood draw.”

Just before 10 a.m. Monday, a black Range Rover pulled up to the Travis County Jail and Vince Young left in the vehicle.

Young, 33, lead the University of Texas Longhorns to a national championship via a Rose Bowl victory in 2006. He was drafted in the first round by the Tennessee Titans. Young last played in an NFL regular season game with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2011. He went to minicamp with the Cleveland Browns in May 2014 but was released less than two weeks later after the team drafted Johnny Manziel.

Austin’s Top Roads for Crashes Involving Alcohol
1. IH-35: 193 crashes
2. US 183: 54 crashes
3. South Loop 1: 44 crashes
4. N. Lamar Blvd.: 34 crashes
5. U.S. 290: 27 crashes
6. SH 71: 25 crashes
7. S. Congress Ave.: 20 crashes
8. Burnet Road: 16 crashes
9. W. 6th Street: 15 crashes
10. W. Slaughter Lane: 15 crashes

Young returned to the University of Texas in August 2014 to take a position to work for the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement. The former NFL quarterback works to raise money for DDCE programs which target first-generation and low-income college students.

On Monday afternoon, Gregory J. Vincent, the Vice President for Diversity and Community Engagement, sent out the following statement regarding Young’s arrest.:

The University of Texas at Austin and the Department of Diversity and Community Engagement expect our employees to behave appropriately and lawfully, both on and off campus. We are aware of Vince Young’s situation and are working with UT’s human resources department to determine any appropriate action, given Mr. Young’s position with UT Austin and DDCE. Mr. Young has been in contact with his immediate supervisor and understands the gravity of the situation.

 

 

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