Blogged By: De De Tillman
Source & Story Credit: ESPN – NFL
Media Credit: Photo (deadspin) / Video (ESPN)
Posted: Tuesday May 29, 2012 @1:24 p.m. PST
TILLMAN’S CORNER, Ala. – Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley has been arrested in Alabama on charges of driving under the influence and attempting to elude police, his second arrest in his home state in two months.
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Alabama state troopers say the 24-year-old passed a state trooper early Sunday morning at 100 mph in his Cadillac Escalade in unincorporated Mobile County. After initially refusing to stop for the trooper’s emergency lights and siren, Fairley pulled over and seemed impaired. He was arrested without incident.
Fairly was also cited for reckless driving, no proof of insurance and open container. Fox10TV.com reported Fairley posted $1,750 bond and was released shortly after 9 a.m. on Sunday.
Lions spokesman Bill Keenist says the team is aware of the reports and is gathering information. Fairley’s agent did not immediately return a call from The Associated Press seeking comment Sunday.
Fairley also was arrested April 3 in Mobile on a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge after citizens called to complain that Fairley’s Escalade was speeding through a lower-middle class neighborhood in Mobile.
Fairley was a standout at Auburn and the Lions’ first-round draft pick in 2011. As a junior, he was the Lombardi award winner as the nation’s top lineman and helped lead the Tigers to the 2010 national title.
However, Fairley struggled through his rookie year, playing in just 10 games because of a foot injury. He finished the season with 11 tackles and one sack.
Lions running back Mikel Leshoure also pleaded guilty earlier in May to a marijuana possession charge, two months after police discovered him with pot in his mouth during a traffic stop in southwestern Michigan. Leshoure was also a member of the Lions’ 2011 draft class, taken with the 25th pick of the second round.