FSU's Parker arrested on DUI charge

Updated: January 31, 2009, 2:02 PM ET
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Florida State junior receiver Preston Parker was arrested Saturday morning and charged with DUI after police found him passed out behind the wheel of his car at a McDonald's, according to the Tallahassee Democrat.

An officer arrived to find a red Dodge Charger in the drive-through lane at approximately 5 a.m. A wtiness told police the car had been parked there for about 20 minutes, according to the paper.

The car's engine was running, the car was in drive and Parker's foot was on the brake pedal, according to a news release from the Tallahassee Police Department. The officer woke Parker by pounding on the window, according to the release.

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Mike Zarrilli/Getty ImagesPreston Parker had only 40 catches for 372 yards and two touchdowns in 2008 after missing the first two games.

Parker was arrested after taking part in a field-sobriety test he agreed to take, police said.

His blood-alcohol content was 0.054, below the Florida legal limit of 0.08. Police said a urine sample was a "presumptive positive" for marijuana. Police also said Parker admitted to drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana Friday night.

According to the Democrat, anyone convicted of first-offense DUI in Florida, a misdemeanor, faces a fine of up to $1,000 and up to six months in jail.

Parker was formally charged in May 2008 with a felony count of carrying a concealed firearm and possession of marijuana. He later pleaded guilty to misdemeanor counts, and was suspended for the first two games of the 2008 season.

Parker was arrested in Tallahassee in the fall of 2006 for petty theft, but the charge was dropped after he completed a diversion program.

Parker had 40 catches for 372 yards and two touchdowns in 2008, well below the 62 catches for 791 yards he had in his standout sophomore season. He finished that sophomore year with 1,061 yards and five touchdowns in total offense and was named Florida State's offensive MVP.

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