By Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press –
DETROIT — Nick Fairley is in trouble again. This time, for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol and attempting to elude police.
Fairley, the Lions’ first-round pick a year ago, was arrested for the second time in less than two months at 1:13 a.m. Sunday by Alabama State Troopers, the Alabama Department of Public Safety said in a release.
According to the release, Fairley was traveling 100 mph in his 2010 Cadillac Escalade when he passed a police car patrolling westbound Interstate 10. Fairley initially refused to yield to emergency lights and sirens, and “showed signs of impairment” when he eventually stopped, the release said.
Lisa Burdett of the Alabama State Troopers said in an email that Fairley, who was arrested on DUI charges and issued traffic citations for reckless driving, no proof of insurance and an open container of alcohol, declined a breathalyzer test.
Fairley posted $1,750 bond and was released shortly after 9 a.m.
According to Fox10 in Mobile, Ala., Fairley posted a $1,750 bond and was released shortly after 9 a.m.
“We are aware of the reports and are in the process of gathering more information,” the Lions said in a statement Sunday.
Fairley’s agent, Brian Overstreet, did not return a phone call seeking comment.
Fairley was arrested for the first time this off-season April 3 on misdemeanor possession of marijuana after a traffic stop near his home in Mobile. He’s scheduled to be arraigned on that charge July 31.
Two other Lions have run afoul of the law in what’s been an unfortunate off-season for the Lions.
Running back Mikel Leshoure was cited twice for possession of marijuana in February and March — he pleaded guilty to both charges — and offensive tackle Johnny Culbreath was arrested in South Carolina for possession of marijuana.
Receiver Titus Young also has not been allowed at the Lions’ organized team activities since he sucker-punched Louis Delmas at a workout earlier this month.
All four players are members of the Lions’ 2011 draft class. Fairley, Leshoure and Culbreath could face discipline, including possible suspensions, from the NFL for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy.
Lions coach Jim Schwartz downplayed the perception that his team has a discipline problem last week.
“We’re not playing any games right now,” Schwartz said. “I think that a lot of times when people focus on some things about a team you can miss other things that a team does and we’ll just keep working harder to do better next time.”
Kicker Jason Hanson, meanwhile, said the off-field problems have been “a case of, I think, young guys just being dumb.”
“I don’t want to speak for the guys that got busted for their stuff, it’s just too easy to be immature,” Hanson said. “I’m sorry, but it’s always been that problem. But it’s just you’re young and it’s the NFL and it’s big time and you’ve got money and it’s just too easy to be stupid.
“All those guys I know and they work hard, so hopefully the guys that have influence on them, cause the kicker can’t slap them on the head, say, ‘What are you doing? You don’t want to throw away your talent with your position,’ and (this is) just some slight hiccups for them. But it’s not a hiccup for the team. I know all the guys are just like, ‘You guys are idiots, let’s go.’ Like I said, it’s good. There haven’t been distractions, but those are good players that are messing up and they just need to (straighten up).”