Vince Young, former star quarterback at the University of Texas, has once again been arrested for DWI in Fort Bend County. Young’s drunk driving arrest marks the second time in three years he has faced a driving while intoxicated charge.
If convicted, Young faces steep penalties his second drunk driving offense. Texas law holds that a second DWI conviction can bring jail time of 30 days to one year, and a fine of up to $4,000. Also, Young’s driver’s license could be suspended for at least 180 days and as much as two years if he’s convicted.
Young was arrested Monday at 4:30 a.m. by Fort Bend County Sheriff’s deputies. They reported that his Cadillac sedan was stopped in the left lane at the intersection of Sienna Ranch Road and Sienna Parkway with its hazard lights on.
A deputy said he approached the vehicle to see if Young needed assistance, and Young opened a window and then closed it.
Bob Haenel, public information officer for the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office, said the deputy noted a strong smell of an alcoholic beverage and slurred speech by Young, who then failed to pass field sobriety tests.
Young was arrested and taken to Fort Bend County Jail Monday morning. He was released Tuesday on $500 bail. It’s customary in Texas for anyone arrested for DWI to spend at least one day in jail.
Young’s first DWI arrest was on Jan. 24, 2016 in Austin. At that time, his blood alcohol content, or BAC, reportedly was .246 — three times the legal limit of .080.
Young pleaded nolo contendere, or “no contest,” to his first DWI charge. He then was ordered to complete 60 hours of community service and was fined $300. He was also placed on probation for 18 months and had to attend a drunk driving class.
Young was also required to place a device on his vehicle for nine months, which would prevent it from starting if it detected alcohol on his breath.
All that was for a first DWI conviction.
As you can see, Texas DWI laws and punishments can be tough.
Young, age 35, was a quarterback for the University of Texas Longhorns college football team, which won the national championship by defeating the University of Southern California in the 2006 Rose Bowl. He then played professionally for six seasons and for several different teams. He was named “Rookie of the Year” and played in the Pro Bowl twice.
Young first played for the Tennessee Titans (formerly the Houston Oilers) after he was selected third in the 2006 NFL draft. He left the NFL in 2011.
Clearly, a DWI charge can happen to anyone — famous or not.
If you or a family member faces a DWI charge in Fort Bend County, Montgomery County or Harris County, contact a Houston DWI defense lawyer at the Neal Davis Law Firm. Not every arrest for intoxication is merited, and it may be possible to challenge breathalyzer test results.