Jaguars' WR Justin Blackmon Busted for 2nd DUI
Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon's DUI spent about nine hours behind bars Sunday after his second drunk driving arrest in two years.
Blackmon, who played for Oklahoma State University before being chosen as the fifth overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft, was pulled over about 3 a.m. June 3 in Stillwater, Okla., after an officer clocked him going 60 mph in a 30 mph zone, Oklahoma City's KWTV reports. Blackmon posted bail and was released from jail at 12:45 p.m.
A breathalyzer test showed Blackmon had a blood alcohol level of 0.24%, which is three times Oklahoma's legal limit of 0.08%. Under Oklahoma law, that means Blackmon faces a more serious DUI charge that comes with harsher penalties.
Oklahoma law allows a drunken driver with a blood alcohol level of at least 0.15%, like the Jaguars' Justin Blackmon, to be charged with aggravated DUI.
If convicted of aggravated DUI, Blackmon could be ordered to undergo an alcohol and drug substance abuse evaluation and assessment program. A court could also order the installation of an ignition interlock device, which disables a car's ignition if alcohol is detected in a driver's breath, for a minimum of 90 days.
And because this is Blackmon's second DUI -- his first came in 2010, after which Oklahoma State suspended him for one game and banned him from speaking to the media for the season -- he faces harsher penalties than a first-time DUI offender.
In Oklahoma, a person's first DUI can result in a minimum six-month driver license suspension. But a second DUI within 10 years can result in a minimum 1-year license suspension. If Blackmon is later busted for a third DUI, he could face a 2-year suspension and get his vehicle confiscated.
In Sunday's aggravated DUI, the Jaguars' Justin Blackmon was alone in his Chevy Tahoe SUV and driving left of center, police told KWTV. He's set to appear in court today.
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