Former Bear faces up to 60 days in jail

Updated: November 11, 2003, 2:29 PM ET
Associated Press

MILTON, Fla. -- Former NFL quarterback Jim McMahon will be arraigned next month on a drunken driving charge.

McMahon, who led the Chicago Bears to a 1986 Super Bowl victory, can enter a plea on December 18th. He faces a penalty ranging from probation to 60 days in the Santa Rosa County Jail.

McMahon was released from the jail on a $500 bond hours after his arrest early Sunday in Navarre.

Sheriff's spokesman Jerry Henderson says authorities received two calls from citizens reporting that a pickup truck was cutting through traffic and nearly causing accidents.

Henderson says McMahon failed a field sobriety test and had a blood-alcohol level more than three times the legal limit. One breathalyzer exam put his blood-alcohol level at 0.261 and another had it at 0.258. The legal limit is 0.08.

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