Ravens rookie Kindle charged with DUI

blood alcohol level was twice legal limit

Arrest continues troubled season for linebacker who suffered fractured skull in preseason

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

Ravens rookie Sergio Kindle's blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit when he was pulled over early Sunday morning in Howard County, according to court records.

The arrest marks another hit to the linebacker's troubled first season, which was derailed when he suffered a skull fracture after falling down steps just before the preseason. Kindle, 23, told The Sun that Sunday's arrest was a "mistake" and apologized to the team.

Kindle was stopped by police just after 4 a.m. after an officer observed his vehicle weaving on Route 1 in Savage, police said. According to court records, Kindle smelled of alcohol and his eyes were bloodshot and glassy. He told an officer that he was driving home from a club in DC with friends and had "had a few drinks," records show.

His blood alcohol content was .17, twice the legal limit of .08, according to court records.

Reached Sunday night, Kindle said he was driving home with friends, one of whom had to catch an early flight. He said he had informed one of the team's security personnel about the arrest, and apologized to the team.

"I just want to apologize to the organization, because I don't want to bring a negative light to the team," he said. "It was my mistake. I can't take it back now. I don't know what's going to happen from here."

The former University of Texas star, who was driving a vehicle with temporary Texas plates, was ticketed for speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol and failure to obey traffic control devices.

Sherry Llewellyn, a Howard County police spokeswoman, said Kindle was arrested without incident. Records show he was taken into custody and released after posting $10,000 bond.

A Ravens spokesman said the team will attend to the incident.

"We've become aware of the situation and we will address this with Sergio as soon as we can."

Kindle, the Ravens' first draft pick in 2010, tumbled down a stairwell at a friend's house just three days before training camp opened and suffered a skull fracture that has put his football future in limbo.

Kindle has been taking part in physical therapy but is not allowed to participate in football activities while on the non-football injury list. He raised doubts last week that he will be able to play in 2011.

"Basically, they're just saying they don't know," Kindle said. "They haven't dealt with an injury like mine before, so they can't really give me a yes or a no with confidence, but [are] kind of in the middle. It's a hit or a miss."

The arrest is not Kindle's first. Kindle was arrested for driving-while-intoxicated in college and suspended for three games in 2007. In 2009, he crashed his car into an apartment building and left the scene, an accident his attorney at the time said was a result of text messaging while driving.

"It was a dumb move on my part," Kindle said in April. "It was bad judgment on how far you can travel while looking down for a split second in a car. In a second or two, you can go from 200 to 300 feet in a vehicle going 30 [miles per hour]."

At his combine interview with the Ravens in February, Kindle drew a diagram of the accident to team officials. "I think they laughed it up and they said they were going to show it to the next team," he said.

Kindle said his DUI two years ago was "a poor decision on getting in the car after having some drinks." "That was my fault," he said in April. "In my opinion, I feel like everything happens for a reason. The lord puts me through those situations for me to learn and made me the man I am today. It made me tougher, it made stronger and made me smarter in my decision making. I am a better man for it today."

Kindle is also not the only Ravens player to run into trouble with the law this year. Offensive line coach Andy Moeller has been arrested twice this year for driving under the influence. He is awaiting an April trial date on the most recent charges, which stem from a September traffic stop.

Baltimore County police were also called to the apartment of rookie kick returner David Reed this month to investigate "possible narcotics" and seized evidence. Charges have not been filed; the game following the police visit, Reed returned a kickoff for a touchdown and was named Special Teams Player of the Week.

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Baltimore Sun reporter Jamison Hensley contributed to this article.

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