Saints linebacker arrested on DWI charge

Updated: October 27, 2005, 5:09 PM ET
Associated Press

SAN ANTONIO -- New Orleans Saints linebacker Courtney Watson was charged with drunken driving.

Courtney Watson

Police said the 25-year-old Watson was driving on Interstate 10 when he was pulled over early Wednesday for erratic driving. They said an open bottle of beer was found in the front cup holder of the car.

He was "combative" and failed a field sobriety test but refused a breathalyzer sample, their report said. Watson was released on $1,000 bond pending arraignment Dec. 5. He declined to comment after practice Thursday.

Watson, the starting middle linebacker, was a second-round pick out of Notre Dame in 2004. He was among 11 players chosen for the American Football Coaches Association's "Good Works Team" in 2003 for outstanding community service.

Saints spokesman Greg Bensel said the team's security department was investigating, and coach Jim Haslett said Watson would play Sunday against Miami in Baton Rouge, La.

The Saints relocated to San Antonio after Hurricane Katrina.

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