A drunk driving arrest can impact a person’s life in a number of
ways. Any subsequent
drunk driving arrests can result in even more damage, including problems with a career. This
is precisely what the offensive line coach for the Baltimore Ravens is
According to Maryland State Police, the 47-year-old coach was pulled over
for speeding on the Maryland beltway last September. An officer arrested
him after smelling alcohol on his breath and the coach apparently stumbled
during a sobriety test.
Unfortunately, this was not the coach’s first experience with the
law. In fact, it was his third alcohol-related arrest since December 2007.
In 2007, he received probation for driving while visibly impaired in Michigan,
and last May he was acquitted of DUI. This current arrest led to two years
of supervised probation. He was given a 60-day jail sentence, but that
has been suspended.
Since the arrest last fall, the coach has been working hard to stay away
from alcohol. Reports indicate he has seen a psychiatrist and psychologist,
attended self-help meetings and has passed nearly two dozen random drug
tests. A Baltimore County District Court has ordered the coach to refrain
from drinking alcohol and to continue with these rehabilitation efforts.
Despite the fact that this case was looming, the coach was promoted from
assistant offensive line coach to head offensive line coach at the end
of the season. However, it is possible that he may have to spend some
time away from the team, as a conviction for driving under the influence
is considered a violation of the National Football League’s personal
As this particular case illustrates, a drunk driving conviction can result
in problems to a person’s career. That is why a defendant needs
a solid defense to fight the charge.