SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 15 (UPI) -- An emotional Jeff Garcia has apologized for his arrest on a drunk driving charge on Tuesday.
Garcia was pulled over by San Jose State University authorities after a police officer observed "erratic operation" and traffic violations by the operator of an SUV, who was Garcia, shortly before 5 a.m. Wednesday morning.
"As a member of this community, I take on my responsibility as a role model very seriously," Garcia told reporters. "I'm extremely embarrassed for my family, for the San Francisco 49ers organization, and for the Bay Area for having to put them through something like this. It's something that I hope that I can put behind me very quickly."
He was taken into custody and booked at Santa Clara (Calif.) County Jail. Results of his blood alcohol level will not be available for two weeks.
Garcia, 33, a three-time Pro Bowl selection, attended the school and lives in San Jose and has been the 49ers' starting quarterback since 1999.