Now-former Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins was about to end a traffic stop with a Florida Highway Patrol officer last Friday with only a warning. But, according to the officer, Sefarian-Jenkins told him a meandering tale about life in the NFL, and he said that’s when he smelled the telltale odor of alcohol on his breath.
The stop ended with a field sobriety test and an arrest, a trip to the Orient Road Jail, and a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence.
According to the arresting officer, Sefarian-Jenkins made an improper lane change and cut him off while they were both traveling on the southbound lanes of I-275 near State Road 60 at around a quarter to four on Friday morning. The officer said he was going to release Sefarian-Jenkins with a warning when, according to the officer, Sefarian-Jenkins began talking about scoring touchdowns and handing the ball to a nearby police officer.
The officer went on to say that Sefarian-Jenkins had glassy eyes and smelled of liquor. The officer claimed that he was agitated, slurred his speech, and leaned against stationary objects in order to keep his balance. The FHP officer administered a field sobriety test, which the officer said Sefarian-Jenkins failed. The tight end declined to submit to a breath test.
Sefarian-Jenkins was booked into jail at half past six that morning. In addition to misdemeanor DUI, he was also charged with illegally defeating an ignition interlock device installed on his vehicle as a result of a DUI conviction in Washington state three years earlier. He bonded out just after noon the same day, and was released by the Buccaneers later in the day.
Sefarian-Jenkins, who turns 24 on Thursday, was born in Fox Island, Washington. He set records at his position for receptions, receiving yards, and touchdowns during his college career for the University of Washington before leaving the school early to enter the 2014 NFL Draft. He was picked in the second round, thirty-second overall pick, by Tampa Bay, and played parts of the past two seasons for the franchise. Sefarian-Jenkins was claimed off waivers from Tampa Bay by the New York Jets on Monday.
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