Rogers sent to jail after passing out

Updated: January 7, 2010, 1:05 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

NOVI, Mich. -- Former Lions and Michigan State receiver Charles Rogers has been sentenced to 93 days in jail for contempt of court after apparently drinking too much and passing out at a Mexican restaurant.

Novi (Mich.) District Court Judge Robert Bondy on Wednesday ordered Rogers to serve 93 days in Oakland County Jail, with credit for 17 days served.

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Novi Deputy Police Chief Tom Lindberg said officers arrested Rogers on Tuesday at an On the Border restaurant on a warrant for disobeying a sobriety court order. The order was imposed after Rogers pleaded guilty in September to impaired driving.

Lindberg says Rogers was visibly intoxicated Tuesday and was taken to a hospital. He spent the night in custody, and district Judge Robert Bondy sentenced him Wednesday.

Messages were left with Rogers' lawyer, Justin Barnett.

Rogers, 28, the No. 2 NFL draft pick in 2003, pleaded guilty in September to impaired driving and reentered a sobriety court program, which involves intensive counseling and testing.

A police source said Rogers was taken into custody at about 3:15 p.m. ET Tuesday after employees were unable to rouse him and feared he may have had a heart attack, The Detroit News reported.

"He was showing signs of intoxication and was uncooperative, and at that point our officers determined that he had a warrant out for his arrest," Lindberg said Wednesday, according to the Detroit Free Press.

Rogers pleaded guilty in September to charges stemming from an incident in which he was found "non-responsive behind the wheel" of a vehicle that was still running, in gear and in a left-turn lane, authorities said.

Earlier in 2008 he had served a 30-day jail sentence, with credit for 15 days, instead of staying in an intensive counseling program after violating probation in a domestic violence case.

Rogers was suspended by the Lions for substance abuse in 2005 and released the next year. The team says he must repay two-thirds of a $9.1 million bonus.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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