Bills rookie charged with DWI Thursday morning

Posted at 9:22 AM, Jul 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-14 14:22:15-04

The Buffalo Bills are still two weeks away from training camp, and early Thursday morning, they got the offseason call that they were hoping to avoid.

Bills rookie, fifth-round pick, and running back Jonathan Williams was arrested and charged with DWI in Fayetteville during the early stages of Thursday morning. According to reports, Williams was booked by the Washington County Sheriff's Office, and the running back is scheduled to have a hearing on "Thursday morning at 10:30."

The Bills issued the a team statement on the incident:

“We are aware of the report and are in the process of gathering information. We have notified the league office of the report under the rules of the NFL Personal Conduct Policy.”

Williams was drafted in the fifth round by the team out of the University of Arkansas.


According to KNWA in Fayetteville, these were the details of the arrest:

Williams was pulled over and asked for his driver's license and insurance.  According to the police report, the officer noticed Williams had red watery eyes and slurred speech.

When Williams was asked how much alcohol he had consumed, he stated he had one beer around 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday night.

The officer asked Williams to leave the car to take standard field sobriety tests. Upon getting out of the car, police say Williams had a strong odor of intoxicants on his breath and swaying balance. 

Williams was reportedly released from jail around 5:30 on Thursday morning. The Bills will open up for training camp with their first practice at St. John Fisher College on Saturday, July 30. 

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