McMahon 'wasted' while driving

Updated: November 10, 2003, 8:40 AM ET
Associated Press

NAVARRE, Fla. -- Former NFL quarterback Jim McMahon was charged with drunken driving Sunday after police said his car was swerving across the center line of a highway before being pulled over.

Jim McMahon
Getty ImagesJim McMahon has always marched to a different drumbeat.
McMahon, the flamboyant leader of the Chicago Bears' 1986 Super Bowl championship team, was stopped around 2 a.m. Sunday after police received two calls about a pickup that was recklessly going through traffic and nearly causing accidents, said Santa Rosa County sheriff's spokesman Jerry Henderson.

McMahon failed a field sobriety test and had a blood-alcohol level more than three times the legal limit in Florida, Henderson said. One breathalyzer exam put McMahon's blood-alcohol level at 0.261 percent, another put it at 0.258 percent. The legal limit in Florida is 0.08 percent.

"During a sobriety test, Mr. McMahon looked at the officer and said, 'I'm too drunk. You got me,'" Henderson said. "He was pretty well wasted."

McMahon posted $500 bond and was released from Santa Rosa County Jail on Sunday morning. He is expected to make a court appearance Monday.

McMahon threw for 18,148 yards in 119 NFL games. His best season was 1985, when he set career highs in yards (2,392) and touchdowns (15) for the Bears, who went 15-1 and beat New England in Super Bowl XX. That was McMahon's only Pro Bowl season.

The former Brigham Young star left Chicago in a 1989 trade with San Diego and also played for Philadelphia, Minnesota, Arizona, Cleveland and Green Bay.

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