Williams also faces unlawful speeding charge
DAVIE, Fla. -- Miami Dolphins safety Quintin Williams was arrested on DUI and drag racing charges Thursday after he was stopped while driving 111 mph on an interstate with teammate and passenger Travares Tillman.
Williams was near the team's practice facility in Davie, Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Bill Ferrell said. Troopers also pulled over a car that had been racing Williams. Troopers then approached Williams' car and suspected he might have been drinking, Ferrell said.
After a roadside DUI test, Williams was taken to a Broward Sheriff's Office facility where his blood-alcohol level was .087 percent, above Florida's legal limit of .08 percent, Ferrell said.
Williams was charged with DUI, racing on a highway and unlawful speeding, Ferrell said. Williams was released from jail around noon.
The driver of the other car, Brandy Lynn Richards, was charged with unlawful speeding and racing on a highway because she was going 109 mph on the interstate, Ferrell said. Tillman, who was riding with Williams, was not charged and allowed to ride home with Richards, who was cited but not arrested, Ferrell added.
Ferrell said Richards identified herself as a Dolphins cheerleader to a supervisor on the scene of the traffic stop, but team spokesman Harvey Greene said a person by that name was not a Dolphins cheerleader.
"This is not the kind of behavior we expect from our players relative to the choices and decisions they make," Dolphins coach Nick Saban said. "They not only need to respect the law, but also to respect others in terms of their safety and how it reflects on the members of this team, the organization and our fans."
Agents for Williams and Tillman did not return calls.
Tillman was signed as a free agent from the Carolina Panthers in the offseason and was expected to compete for a starting safety position. He had knee surgery this month, but the team hoped to have him back for the start of training camp July 24.
Williams was signed as an undrafted free agent out of Wake Forest before last season and played in five games with the Dolphins.
Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press
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