New England Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard was arrested early Thursday morning in Lincoln, Neb. on suspicion of driving under the influence charges, Jay Withrow of the Omaha World-Herald reports.
According to the report, Dennard was pulled over at 2 a.m. local time after his vehicle was observed by police to be straddling a lane line between 50th and 56th Streets. Dennard allegedly refused to take a blood-alcohol test and was taken into custody.
The Patriots put out a terse statement on the matter a few hours after it was reported.
Team statement on Alfonzo Dennard: "The New England Patriots are extremely disappointed to learn of Alfonzo Dennard’s arrest...
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) July 11, 2013
...We take this matter very seriously and are working to get more information on the incident." — New England Patriots (@Patriots) July 11, 2013
In April, the 23-year-old cornerback was sentenced to two years of probation and 30 days in jail, a sentence that was slated to begin on March 1, 2014, after he was convicted of assaulting a police officer outside a Lincoln, Neb. bar on April 21, 2012. That incident caused Dennard's draft stock to plummet from the third round to the seventh round, where the former Nebraska standout was selected with the 224th overall pick by the Patriots.
Thursday morning's arrest could be deemed a violation of his probation.
Dennard started seven of 10 games for the Patriots, playing in 53.47 percent of the defensive snaps while totaling 37 tackles and three interceptions, including one Dennard returned 87 yards for a touchdown. Dennard is projected to start at right cornerback for the Patriots this season. Considering the situation involving tight end Aaron Hernandez, who was charged last month with first-degree murder, it is very possible, if not likely, that the Patriots will severe ties with Dennard over this latest incident.