Redskins' Mitchell charged with DUI

August 23, 1991|By Vito Stellino

Running back Brian Mitchell of the Washington Redskins was apologetic yesterday after being arrested Wednesday night on the Dulles Toll Road in Northern Virginia on a charge of drunken driving.

Mitchell, who was driving home when he was stopped by police, said: "I went out and had a few beers and did something stupid. I'm just sorry it happened. It's the first time I did anything like that."

If he's convicted on the charge of driving under the influence of alcohol, Mitchell could be suspended for four games under a policy recently announced by NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue. But because Mitchell's court date isn't until December and he's entitled to an NFL hearing even if he's convicted, he's not likely to miss time this season.

His base salary is $105,000 this year, so a four-game suspension could cost him about $25,000.

"I made a mistake, and I've just got to live with it," Mitchell said. "I guess I now know a lot of things I've got to do to make [lifestyle] changes."

Coach Joe Gibbs said: "We don't like that. We don't want it. He's wrong. He's got a price to pay, and let's get on with it. Hopefully, it'll be something that won't happen again."

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