Spurs guard Johnson arrested on DWI charge
Web Posted: 06/02/2008 01:05 AM CDT
Police arrested Spurs guard DerMarr Johnson over the weekend and charged him with driving while intoxicated.
Johnson, 28, was released Sunday morning after posting $1,000 bail. A breath test showed the 6-foot-9 basketball player had exceeded the legal limit of 0.08 percent, police said.
“I just had a few cups of wine,” Johnson said as he left the city's detention center.
About 11:30 p.m. Saturday, a traffic officer pulled over a black SUV on Loop 1604 near Interstate 10 West because it was traveling 20 mph over the speed limit, weaving and following other vehicles too closely, police spokesman Joe Rios said.
The officer noticed that Johnson, the driver, smelled of “intoxicants” and his speech was slurred, Rios said. After a field sobriety test, Johnson was taken downtown, where he submitted to a breath test.
“He was very cooperative,” Rios said.
Asked if he believed the arrest would affect his position with the Spurs, Johnson said, “I don't know. Probably so.”
Tom James, a spokesman for the Spurs, declined to comment, citing a lack of details.
“At this point, our main focus is working to gather more information,” he said.
Johnson's career has been bumpy. Two years after joining the Atlanta Hawks as a first-round draft pick, he crashed a Mercedes-Benz into a tree and broke his neck in 2002. The injury kept him off the court for more than a year, and Atlanta let him go. Police said alcohol was not a factor in the wreck.
Last year, police stunned Johnson with a Taser and charged him with resisting arrest and interfering with police during a disturbance outside a Colorado nightclub, according to the Associated Press. A lawyer for Johnson at the time said he had been breaking up a fight between two women.