[Old incident, never-before-seen footage.]
On June 28, 2015 retired Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb was arrested in Gilbert, Arizona on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol for the second time in 18 months.
The arrest came after McNabb rear-ended a car that was stopped at a red light. The driver of that vehicle had noticed McNabb’s truck approaching at a high rate of speed and had even honked to try and get his attention, but to no avail. Fortunately there were no injuries.
Unfortunately for McNabb, the driver of the other vehicle was the wife of a Gila River tribal police officer, who swung by the scene when he heard his wife’s suspicion that the other driver was impaired.
McNabb, then 38, told officers that he had been at a local sports bar and was “just trying to get home.”
“While Donovan spoke, I noticed a strong, fruity odor on his breath. I noticed Donovan’s eyes were watery and very bloodshot and his speech was slurred,” a Gilbert officer wrote in his report.
McNabb denied having had anything to drink, but a later blood draw would reveal McNabb to have had a blood alcohol concentration of .17. For a male his size, that takes a hefty amount of alcohol.
Donovan McNabb would later plead guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol, without the “extreme” enhancement for having a BAC over .15%. He was sentenced to 18 days in jail, followed by 72 days of house arrest with work release, 30 hours of community service, counseling, unsupervised probation, and a $6,342.23 fine.
And yes, Donovan claimed to be taking “chlorophyll” for his cold. He is apparently a plant.