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Jamal Anderson charged with DUI in Atlanta

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This photo provided by the Gwinnett County Sherriff’s Office shows former Atlanta Falcons football player Jamal Anderson. Police in suburban Atlanta say a former Atlanta Falcons player was recently arrested on charges of DUI and improper slowing or stopping on the roadway. Georgia Department of Public Safety officials say 42-year-old Jamal Sharif Anderson was found in a stopped car on the southbound side of I-85 Friday evening Nov. 21, 2014, in Duluth, Georgia and was taken into custody. (AP Photo/Gwinnett County Sherriff’s Office)


Former Falcons running back Jamal Anderson has landed in some legal hot water in Atlanta.

Anderson was arrested and charged with DUI last Friday evening after an off-duty police officer found him passed out behind the wheel of his car in the travel lanes of I-85. The officer called Georgia State Police and a state trooper said he found Anderson “unsteady on his feet” with bloodshot eyes.

“I asked Anderson why he was stopped in the middle of the interstate, noting that it was extremely dangerous and asked him if he was trying to hurt himself,” the trooper said in the police report, via the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “He stated that he wasn’t trying to hurt himself and didn’t really have a good explanation as to why he had parked in the middle of the interstate.”

Anderson told officers he had been drinking the night before, but refused to take a field sobriety test. He was arrested, charged with DUI and improper stopping in the roadway and booked into Gwinnett County jail.

Anderson faced a DUI charge in 2012 as well and wound up pleading guilty to a charge of reckless driving. His sentence included a fine, probation and court-mandated attendance at a drunk driving impact panel.