DALLAS -- John Niland, a former offensive lineman for the Dallas Cowboys, spent seven hours in jail Wednesday on an arrest for suspicion of cocaine possession, driving while intoxicated and three other charges.
Niland was arrested at 2:50 a.m. by police who said they stopped his car and observed bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and smelled alcohol on his breath.
A search revealed a clear plastic straw in his right front pants pocket and an amber vial containing a white powder, believed to be cocaine, police spokesman Bob Shaw said.
The police charged Niland, 39, with suspicion of drug possession, driving while intoxicated, and driving with an expired license, expired license plates and an expired vehicle inspection sticker.
Niland was released seven hours after his arrest when his attorney, Robert Rose, posted a $200 bond with the county to cover a misdemeanor charge of theft over $200.
District Judge R.T. Scales signed an order telling the police to release Niland, but he was held until the bond was posted with Dallas County authorities.
Niland was indicted last week by the Dallas County grand jury, officials said, stemming from a series of incidents in which Niland allegedly stole property from Sheryl A. Reeves, a longtime girlfriend who is a flight attendant for Southwest Airlines.
Property was taken from her apartment, the police said, and in a later argument on March 3 Niland 'stuck his fist through her car's window.'
The misdemeanor theft charge by the county was filed against Niland on Monday.
Niland, a University of Iowa graduate, played for the Cowboys from 1966 to 1974. He was traded to Philadelphia, where he finished his career in 1976.