Buffalo Bills running back Jonathan Williams was arrested on July 14 in Fayetteville, Arkansas for drunk driving. Fayetteville police say an officer pulled over Williams after seeing his vehicle weave within its lane. Williams reportedly told the officer that he only had one beer but then refused to take a blood-alcohol test.
Professional athletes getting arrested for drunk driving is nothing new, but Williams offered a rather amusing excuse for his actions. In a video obtained by TMZ, Williams claims he had to drive in order to protect a girl who had drank more than he had.
“I don’t want to mess with your integrity or anything like that,” Williams tells police in the video. “The young lady in the car before me drank a lot of alcohol. I drank a 40-ounce of beer. I found myself being responsible trying to be able to take her home before she drove home because I was trying to look out for her. She was really intoxicated. I just got drafted maybe three months ago, so I’m really not trying to be in any type of trouble.”
You can see the full video below:
Williams was booked in the Washington County jail and released two hours later on a $765 bond. He will appear in court on August 15.
Earlier this week, Williams spoke about the arrest for the first time to Pittsford, NY’s News 8, saying he didn’t want the “distraction” and generally avoids social media. He told reporters that he was confident that his true character would show over time.
While Williams was not arrested in his team’s home state, driving while intoxicated (DWI) is a serious offense no matter where you are. In New York, a DWI arrest can cost you up to $1,400 and one year in prison. It can also lead to a suspended or revoked license.
Professional athletes’ money and fame can often help them avoid the most serious consequences of a DWI. If you are not famous, it is essential that you retain an attorney if you or someone you love has been arrested for arrested for drunk driving. Adam H. Rosenblum of the Rosenblum Law is an experienced criminal defense and traffic ticket attorney with offices in New York and New Jersey. Email him or call 888-203-2619 for a free consultation about your case.