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Free agent Tyler Thigpen refuses breath test in South Carolina

Many people wonder about the lives of football players and other pro athletes. Some seem to have more money than they know what to do with, and their glamorous lives and families frequently attract media attention. Unfortunately, former NFL quarterback and current free agent Tyler Thigpen is receiving media attention for a recent DUI arrest and refusing a breath test in South Carolina.

The arrest happened in late November. Police claim they were responding to a call at a gas station when they noticed a sports utility vehicle pull into the drive-thru of a nearby restaurant. Officers claim they became suspicious after the vehicle remained in the same spot for approximately 20 minutes. When they approached the vehicle, they say they discovered Thigpen asleep with his foot resting on the brake.

Reports indicate they were able to awaken Thigpen after several attempts and that he seemed confused. Officers say he appeared inebriated and smelled of alcohol. However, Thigpen allegedly declined three field sobriety tests. When he was taken to an area jail, he reportedly refused a breath test. He has now been charged with driving under the influence.

As in all criminal cases, Thigpen is presumed innocent until proven otherwise. Prosecutors must provide sufficient evidence to prove that he is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Many people in South Carolina have concerns about submitting to a breath test due the possibility of an inaccurate reading. Fortunately, there are experienced attorneys who can help those facing a DUI charge pursue the best possible outcome.

Source: foxsports.com, "Former Browns QB arrested for DUI, passed out in Wendy's drive-thru", Lindsey Foltin, Nov. 27, 2014

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