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'I've learned something'
Raiders coach Gruden apologizes for DUI arrest
Posted: Thursday October 22, 1998 11:07 AM
ALAMEDA, California (AP) -- A day after being charged with driving under the influence, Oakland Raiders coach Jon Gruden expressed regret for the incident.
"I've apologized to the team. I've apologized to the Raiders organization. And I'd like to apologize to Raiders fans," Gruden said Wednesday. "I've learned something."
Gruden, who could face up to six months in jail and a fine if convicted, was arrested while driving home a week ago from a party following his team's 7-6 victory over the San Diego Chargers.
A blood test taken at the time of his arrest showed Gruden had a blood-alcohol level of .10, a spokeswoman for the Alameda County district attorney's office said Wednesday. The legal limit is .08.
Gruden was charged Tuesday and is due to appear for arraignment November 6 in Alameda County Superior Court in Pleasanton on the misdemeanor charge. That's two days before the Raiders play the Ravens in Baltimore.
The rookie coach, who at 35 is the youngest in the NFL, was arrested by the California Highway Patrol on October 11 while returning to his Pleasanton home from a postgame party following the Raiders' win over the Chargers in Oakland.
Gruden also could face disciplinary action by the NFL.
"If an NFL employee is involved in an alcohol-related violation of the law, he or she could face possible disciplinary action by the commissioner," said Leslie Hammond, director of media services for the NFL. Such disciplinary action could include a fine.
The California Highway Patrol said Gruden was speeding by about 15 or 20 mph and straddling lanes when he was arrested. He was held at the Santa Rita Jail for about three hours.
The patrol initially reported Gruden was cooperative when he was arrested. However, the Contra Costa Times reported Thursday that court records show the arresting officer described him as "uncooperative."
Gruden failed all five field sobriety tests and had red, watery eyes and slurred his speech. He initially denied he'd been drinking, then admitted he'd drunk three beers, the report said.
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