Details are emerging regarding Maryland State Police’s July 16 arrest of New Orleans Saints wide receiver Deonte Harris on suspicion of driving under the influence.
Amie Just of the Times-Picayune reported Harris blew a .246 on the breathalyzer, more than three times the legal blood alcohol limit of .08. The officer stated he originally pulled Harris over after watching his Mercedes-Benz C300 moving across three traffic lanes and exceeding the speed limit by over 20 mph.
Harris was so out of it that he gave his credit card instead of his driver’s license and was soon given three field sobriety tests, which he failed.
Harris reportedly said that he had been drinking and consumed “two to three” cocktails after the officer said he smelled alcohol on Harris’ breath and person and noted bloodshot eyes. He also “displayed 16 of the 18 physical clues police look for when observing for potential DUI,” per Just’s relaying of the police report.
Harris reportedly asked the officer to “just let me go” as he was being taken to the police station for processing. Harris eventually received citations for “driving under the influence of alcohol, driving while impaired by alcohol, negligent driving, reckless driving, failure to obey traffic control device instructions and exceeding the speed limit.”
Last year, Harris averaged 12.2 yards per punt return and 27.3 yards per kick return. He also caught 20 passes for 186 yards and one score.