The New England Patriots just can’t catch a break lately. Just weeks after the arrest of former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez in the murder of Odin Lloyd, cornerback Alfonzo Dennard was arrested for a DUI in Nebraska.
Dennard, 24, was arrested Thursday morning and cited for a DUI, the Omaha World-Herald reports. The Patriots cornerback was reportedly spotted swerving across lines and subsequently refused to take a sobriety test, Lincoln Police Department spokesperson Katie Flood told NFL.com.
The second-year player was reportedly found alone in his car after being stopped around 2 p.m. in Lincoln, NFL.com reports. A Lincoln police officer had apparently spotted Dennard’s Honda Accord straddling lane lines.
After being pulled over, Dennard reportedly emitted an odor of alcohol and showed signs of alcohol impairment, Flood told NFL.com. Although the arresting officer performed field sobriety tests at the site of the Dennard’s DUI, the 24-year-old reportedly refused to take a breathalyzer test. The Patriots cornerback is scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 12.
This isn’t the first time Dennard has been arrested. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail in April, as well as two years of probation, after being found guilty of striking a police officer outside of a Lincoln bar, the World-Herald reports. The incident caused Dennard to slip into the seventh round of the 2012 NFL Draft, where he was selected by the Patriots.
Dennard is likely to face additional sanctions from the NFL after Thursday’s DUI arrest. It remains unclear if the DUI violates the terms of his probation.
For the Patriots, Dennard’s arrest represents yet another public relations setback. The franchise has spent the last few weeks attempting to distance itself from the ongoing Odin Lloyd murder case, which resulted in Hernandez’s arrest. Hernandez remains in custody as his potential role in the homicide is investigated.