Jerome Simpson, who played high school football in North Carolina, has been arrested on suspicion of drunk driving charges. The professional football player was pulled over Saturday morning, but has not yet been formally charged. Authorities in Minnesota, where Simpson now plays professional football, claim that the wide receiver failed a field sobriety test after a traffic stop.
Police claim that the football player was slurring his speech during his encounter with police. Law enforcement also claims that Simpson appeared to be impaired. He was arrested on suspicion of driving while impaired, but refused to submit to a DWI breath test, according to police. Police claim that the football player admitted to having been at a bar before the traffic stop, but that he denied consuming any alcohol.
Each state has its own laws that apply to DWI offenses. DWI alcohol testing in each state has its own nuances as well. For instance, where Simpson was arrested state law makes it a separate crime to refuse to submit to an implied consent alcohol test when there is probable cause for law enforcement to believe a driver is impaired (again, ESPN reports that no formal charges have yet been filed in that state).
In North Carolina, a driver who refuses to submit to a chemical test related to a DWI probe can expect an immediate driver’s license revocation. A DWI defense lawyer may assist in challenging the DWI allegations as well as the license revocation issues. The time frame to request a license suspension or revocation hearing is short—time is of the essence.
Source: ESPN, “Jerome Simpson sorry for DWI arrest," Ben Goessling, Nov. 11, 2013