Former NFL Player Arrested for 6th DUI

Reggie Rogers was a stand-out defensive lineman and basketball player at the University of Washington and was a first round NFL draft pick with great expectations in 1987. Unfortunately, things did not progress as hoped. Rogers’ life hit a new low last Tuesday when he was arrested for driving under the influence in Tacoma Washington. It was his sixth DUI offense.

The year after Rogers was drafted by the Detroit Lions, he ran a stop sign in Pontiac, Michigan and crashed into another vehicle, killing the three teenage occupants. His blood alcohol content was twice the legal limit for intoxication. Rogers served a one year prison sentence for negligent homicide and upon his release played for the Buffalo Bills and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. His failed to achieve success however and he quit the NFL after the 1992 season. He is considered one of professional football’s biggest draft pick busts.

Rogers was arraigned on charges of WA DUI and driving without a license last Friday. There is no indication at this time of the extent of penalties the prosecution will seek. Before his latest arrest for DUI in Washington, Rogers was arrested on October 17 and again on November 26 of 2008. One involved a crash on Interstate 5. In the other he tried to flee the scene and then claimed he was not drunk but had suffered a seizure. Rogers was sentenced to two years in prison by a King County District Court judge for those drunk driving offenses.

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