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Seahawks QB arrested on DUI charges

Posted By GABRIELLE LEVY, UPI.com   |   May 21, 2013 at 8:37 AM   |   Comments

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May 21 (UPI) -- Seattle Seahawks backup quarterback Josh Portis will be arraigned next week after he was reportedly arrested on May 5 for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Portis was pulled over after 9 p.m. on Cinco de Mayo while driving 80 miles an hour in a 60 mph zone, the Seattle Times reported, citing a Washington State Patrol report.

The 25-year-old "had watery bloodshot eyes" and "a strong odor of intoxicants coming from the vehicle," the report said, and later blew .092 on a blood alcohol breath test.

The incident report describes Portis as refusing to get out of his car, denying he had anything to drink.

A passenger in the car "stated Portis was a Seahawk player and he did not have to get out of the car," the trooper wrote.

“Portis asked me if I knew who he was and I stated yes,” the report read. “(The passenger) exited the vehicle and began to cry. (The passenger) stated I was arresting a Seahawk, and I was going to ruin him. … (The passenger) shouted at me and stated she couldn’t believe that I was from Seattle, and was arresting a Seahawk.”

Once at the State Patrol headquarters, Portis admitted to drinking tequila at a Cinco de Mayo party.

Portis's agent refuted the story on Twitter, denying his client had been arrested or had failed a sobriety test.

"Want to clarify a story that is out there on our client Seahawks QB Josh Portis: he was NOT arrested at all for anything..." agent JR Rickert tweeted.

"Was pulled over for speeding and passed every sobriety test... story of an arrest is completely false," he wrote. "I have reviewed the police report and spoken to Josh's attorney. The matter is still under investigation and no charges have been filed."




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