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Former Texas Longhorns QB Vince Young arrested for DWI

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Vince Young
Vince Young

Austin Police arrested former Texas Longhorns quarterback Vince Young early Monday morning for DWI after noticing that he was driving erratically along the I-35 northbound frontage road and onto I-35, eventually pulling him over near 51st Street.

Described as "uncooperative but polite," Young admitted to drinking "three of four bottles of beer" at the W Hotel prior to his arrest. The arresting officer said that Young's breath smelled strongly of alcohol and that the former quarterback failed an initial field sobriety test before refusing additional tests. He also declined to provide a blood or breath sample at the scene.

Here are further details from the arrest affidavit:

Young was stopped at a traffic light on the Interstate 35 service road at Sixth Street when he first garnered the attention of the arresting officer. The officer wrote in an arrest affidavit that after the light turned green, Young did not begin to drive for about 10 seconds.

The officer followed as Young drove between 25 to 30 mph on the service road before entering the main northbound lanes at 15th Street, police said.

The officer said he saw Young's pickup drift within its lane while traveling between 42 and 60 mph. On the upper deck of the highway, Young accelerated to 68 mph, where the officer saw the pickup's tires drift to the solid yellow line in the left lane.

Young eventually exited the highway near Airport Boulevard and was arrested at 11:16 p.m.

A Travis County judge set his bail at $2,000. Young was released on Monday morning.

The 32-year-old Houston native remains a Texas legend after leading the Longhorns to two Rose Bowl victories, including the 2006 Rose Bowl win over USC. After winning that game, Young gave up his final season of eligibility and declared for the 2006 NFL Draft.

In 47 starts for the Tennessee Titans from 2006 to 2010, Young won 30 games prior to his release in 2011 after clashing with head coach Jeff Fisher. Following Young's departure from Nashville, he bounced around the league, playing one year for the Philadelphia Eagles before signing with and ultimately being released by three more teams between 2012 and 2014.

Since his forced retirement, Young has been working as a diversity and community engagement officer for Texas raising money for first-generation and low-income students, in addition to serving as an analyst on the Longhorn Network.

[4:45 p.m. CT update]: Here's the statement from UT: