Saints cornerback P.J. Williams was jailed on accusations of driving while drunk in New Orleans early Wednesday.
New Orleans police said officers on the Crescent City Connection saw Williams, 25, speed at 80 miles per hour when the limit was 50 mph, use a traffic lane improperly, and fail to signal a turn. The officers stopped him at the corner of Camp Street and Andrew Higgins Boulevard, next to the National World War II Museum in the Central Business District; and he refused to submit to take the blood-alcohol content test commonly referred to as the Breathalyzer, police said.
The officers booked Williams into New Orleans’ jail on counts of drunken and careless driving about 1:10 a.m., records show. He was released on his own recognizance a little more than three hours later, according to those records.
Williams played college football at Florida State and helped the Seminoles win a national championship before becoming a third-round selection for the Saints in 2015.
He’s been a regular in the Saints’ defensive backfield the past two years, intercepting three passes as New Orleans reached the postseason’s divisional round and the NFC title game.
Perhaps his most memorable play this campaign was picking off Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins in Week 8 and running the ball back for a touchdown to all but secure a 30-20 victory in Minnesota, avenging the painful, last-second playoff defeat there the previous season. He also helped force a fumble that game, which the Saints recovered to turn the tide of the contest.
Williams’ contract expires this offseason. Unless he signs a new deal with the Saints, he will become a free agent.
Wednesday was not the first time Williams has faced suspicion of drunken or dangerous driving. According to the website Pro Football Talk, when Williams was at Florida State in 2014, he drove his car into an oncoming car, totaled both vehicles, and fled.
Williams was driving with a suspended license, but authorities only gave him two traffic citations rather than charge him criminally, Pro Football Talk reported. The next year, police in Florida arrested him on suspicion of driving drunk — despite claiming he’d indeed “had a few drinks,” authorities didn’t prosecute him on the charge, the website said.
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