Report: Buccaneers’ Eric Wright arrested on suspicion of felony DUI
Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Eric Wright was arrested early Monday morning in downtown Los Angeles on suspicion of felony driving under the influence after he was involved in an accident that injured the driver of another vehicle, reports the Los Angeles Times in a blog post.
Wright, who signed a five-year, $37.5 million contract with Tampa Bay this offseason, reportedly told police officers that he had been drinking at a friend’s house earlier in the evening. Wright also reportedly refused to take a field sobriety test or a Breathalyzer.
The driver of the other vehicle was injured but refused medical attention, the Times reports.
Wright, who intercepted four passes last season with the Detroit Lions, was arrested on suspicion of rape in 2005 while playing at USC, but prosecutors declined to charge him, citing insufficient evidence.
Wright is one of a number of NFL players to be arrested this offseason for allegedly driving under the influence. Detroit, his former team, has received attention for its string of arrests in recent weeks, including those of Nick Fairley and Aaron Berry for DUI.
NFL.com‘s Albert Breer reported in June that the NFL would push for increased player discipline for DUIs. That move came after the arrest of New York Giants lineman David Diehl.