BOSTON (CBS) — Alfonzo Dennard was arrested on Thursday night on suspicion of DUI, and the Patriots cornerback’s refusal to submit to a breathalyzer test led most people to jump to the conclusion that he was guilty of driving while over the legal limit for blood-alcohol level. However, Dennard’s side of the story tells a different tale.
The NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport sent out a series of tweets Friday morning with information from someone who had heard Dennard’s claims about the arrest. According to Rapoport, Dennard twice took a breathalyzer test and the results showed he was below the legal limit, meaning he was not guilty of driving while under the influence. However, the “officer told [Dennard] he hadn’t blown hard enough, thus the did not comply designation.”
Rapoport added that Dennard was not asked to take a blood test but did pass a field sobriety test.
“He took a field sobriety test, was told it did not indicate inebriation,” Rapoport tweeted. “His report says he took [a field sobriety test], not that he failed it.”
The citation which police issued Dennard notes that he was straddling lanes in Lincoln, Neb. It’s the same city where Dennard attended college, and the same city where he was arrested and found guilty of assaulting a police officer.
The claims are likely to fuel speculation that Dennard was treated unfairly — or potentially targeted — by Lincoln police due to his history with the assault on an officer.