Kindle had twice legal limit of alcohol in system, police say

Ravens rookie arrested on DUI charge

December 27, 2010|By Peter Hermann and Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun

Ravens rookie Sergio Kindle had twice the legal limit of alcohol in his blood and failed all of the sobriety tests given by a police officer when he was charged with drunken driving over the weekend in Howard County, according to court papers filed Monday.

Kindle's blood-alcohol content measured 0.17 percent, far above the legal limit of .08 percent, according to the charging document. The paperwork offers new details of the 23-year-old's arrest in a gold Cadillac sedan that police said was swerving and following another car too closely on northbound U.S. 1 and speeding at 70 mph on Route 32.

Howard County Officer Stuart A. Hammond wrote in his report that when he approached the car after pulling it over shortly after 4 a.m. Sunday, "Kindle had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath, his eyes were bloodshot/glassy, his speech was slurred and he admitted to having 'a few drinks' at a club in Washington, D.C."

In an interview with The Baltimore Sun on Sunday, Kindle said he had been driving home with friends, one of whom had to catch an early flight. "I just want to apologize to the organization because I don't want to bring a negative light to the team," said Kindle, who comes from Texas and lives in Owings Mills. "It was my mistake. I can't take it back now."

Kindle, the Ravens' first draft pick in 2010, fell down a stairwell at a friend's house three days before training camp opened and suffered a skull fracture that has sidelined him for the year and jeopardized his career. He had been arrested in a drunken-driving case while in college in 2007 and crashed his car into a building in 2009, an accident he blamed on driving while sending text messages. Kindle is on the nonfootball injury list and can take part in physical therapy with the Ravens but cannot participate in football activities.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh said the team is disappointed in Kindle

"He's got a track record for making really poor decisions," Harbaugh said Monday. "He knows that. That's a problem."

Harbaugh met with Kindle Monday morning to discuss the matter.

"If he wants to achieve things in football and life, you've got to make good decisions and you've to do the right things," Harbaugh said. "You've got to earn that trust. He's not off to a good start in college or the NFL right now."

Sunday's arrest occurred after Hammond saw Kindle's Cadillac with temporary Texas plates traveling on U.S. 1 near Maier Road. "I noted the vehicle was swerving within its lane and following another vehicle too closely," Hammond wrote.

At the entrance to a ramp leading to Route 32, the officer said in the report, the driver "turned late and drove over a white line dividing the lanes." The officer said the driver also "failed to merge prior to the end of the merge lane and drove over another white line."

Hammond wrote that once on Route 32, the driver accelerated to 70 mph, exceeding the 55-mph speed limit. The officer said he then stopped the car.

After smelling the alcohol on Kindle's breath and noting his statement about having a few drinks, Hammond said in his report, he ordered the player out of the car and had him perform three sobriety tests on the side of the road.

The officer said Kindle failed a horizontal gaze test, the walk-and-turn test and a one-leg-stand test. The report does not offer any more details on how Kindle failed the tests, but does say he scored poorly on all of them. On the horizontal gaze test, the officer wrote, "I observed six out of a possible six clues of impairment."

Hammond arrested Kindle and took him to the Howard County Detention Center, where he consented to a test to measure his blood-alcohol content that was administered at 5:18 a.m.

Police charged Kindle with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving while impaired by alcohol, failing to obey traffic control devices and speeding. He posted a $10,000 bail and was released. His next court appearance is March 8.

peter.hermann@baltsun.com

justin.fenton@baltsun.com



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