25-year-old Aaron Neary, a center for the Los Angeles Rams practice squad was arrested for suspicion of DUI on Sunday.
The arrest came after police received several reports of a driver who was possibly under the influence. Neary was reportedly driving erratically and had hit a stop sign, several mailboxes, and several trash cans in Simi Valley.
Officers found Neary in his vehicle on El Monte Drive near El Lado Drive. Neary provided a breathalyzer sample and blew .17 percent, more than twice the legal limit of .08%.
Neary was booked on charges of DUI and hit-and-run. The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department said that Neary was listed as unemployed. He was cited and was released from custody several hours later.
Neary signed with the LA Rams last September after being released by the Philadelphia Eagles.
A DUI could have serious effects on the career of a professional athlete. Most of the commissions that regulate professional sports like the National Football League, the National Basketball Association and Major League Baseball impose fines and suspensions for athletes that are convicted of DUI charges. In the NFL, for example, a player who is convicted of a DUI charge may be subject a two-game suspension without pay.
If there are aggravating circumstances, which can include an extremely elevated blood-alcohol level, the commissioner may impose longer suspensions as needed. A second DUI conviction could see the athlete facing an eight regular and/or post-season games as determined by the commissioner