NASHVILLE, May 22 (UPI) -- Quarterback Steve McNair of the Tennessee Titans was arrested early Thursday morning and charged with drunken driving and possession of a handgun.
A spokesman for the Nashville Police Department confirmed that McNair was arrested in downtown Nashville, posted bond, and was later released. A blood-alcohol test given McNair was above Tennessee's legal limit of 0.10.
The Nashville Tennesseean reported that McNair consented to a Breathalyzer test, and registered a .18, well over the legal limit in the state of Tennessee.
When his vehicle was searched, the arresting officer also found a loaded handgun. McNair has a permit for the weapon, but it is not valid if he is impaired.
The Tennesseean also said McNair was taken to night court, and that the incident occurred sometime after two o'clock in the morning.
A court date for McNair was set for June 26.
McNair was scheduled to take part in an offseason workout on Thursday, but was excused.
"He deeply regrets the incident. He understands the incident," said Tennessee Coach Jeff Fisher. "He understands the light that is shined upon him, his family, the organization, and the National Football League."
Fisher said the team stands behind McNair, but added that the issue will be turned over to the league office for possible discipline.
"He made a bad decision and will face the consequences of his decision," Fisher said.
McNair, 30, who is scheduled to appear at an offseason workout on Thursday, enjoyed one of the best seasons of his career in 2002 as the Titans advanced to the AFC championship game, losing to the Oakland Raiders. He battled through a series of injuries to throw for 3,387 yards and 22 touchdowns.
He was a first-round draft choice of the Titans in 1995. He helped Tennessee reach the first Super Bowl in franchise history in 1999, and was third in the MVP balloting last season.
The 6-2, 229-pounder, who played collegiately at Alcorn State, has thrown for 19,422 yards and 108 touchdowns in his career, with 76 interceptions. He also has rushed for 3,037 yards and 30 scores in his eight years, all with the Titans.