Tampa Bay athlete Eric Wright arrested for DUI
7/1/2012, 5 p.m.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Eric Wright was arrested today on suspicion of driving drunk after being involved in a collision in downtown Los Angeles, police said.
Wright, 26, was booked on suspicion of felony DUI following his arrest about 12:30 a.m. at James M. Wood Boulevard and Georgia Street, said Los Angeles police Officer Rosario Herrera of the Media Relations office.
He was released about 10:35 a.m. after posting $100,000 bail, according to the sheriff's department.
Wright was arrested after a collision involving the Mercedes-Benz that he was driving and a Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck, Herrera said. Wright said he was not injured, but the other motorist complained of pain, she said.
Wright allegedly told officers he had been drinking earlier at a friend's home in the Hollywood area, and refused to submit to a Breathalyzer or field sobriety test, LAPD Officer Norma Eisenman told the Los Angeles Times.
Wright, who played football at the University of Southern California, was arrested in March 2005 on suspicion of rape in Los Angeles, but charges were never filed. He transferred to the University of Nevada Las Vegas, and later played for the Detroit Lions and Cleveland Browns before signing with Tampa Bay.