Dillon faces drunken-driving charge

Updated: April 21, 2010, 2:44 PM ET
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- Former NFL running back Corey Dillon was arrested Wednesday for investigation of driving under the influence in Southern California, deputies said.

Dillon, 35, driving a red, 2010 Chevrolet Camaro with paper license plates, was stopped shortly before 4 a.m. on Mulholland Drive near Malibu after two deputies noticed a car driving slowly behind them, sherif's Lt. Richard Erickson said.

The deputies stopped Dillon to verify the paper plates, authorities said.

"Dillon displayed multiple symptoms of being under the influence, and he admitted to having been drinking earlier in the evening," Erickson said.

Dillon was later released on a citation to appear in court in Malibu on June 21, Erickson said. A passenger in the car was not cited.

Dillon played for the Cincinnati Bengals from 1997 to 2003 and the New England Patriots from 2004 to 2006, earning a Super Bowl ring in his first season with the Patriots.

He rushed for more than 1,000 yards in his first six seasons with the Bengals. But over the years, he earned a reputation in Cincinnati for being a selfish malcontent and troublemaker.

He lobbied to be traded to a winning team and responded in New England by rushing for a career-high and team-best 1,635 yards.

He retired in 2007, saying he wanted to leave at the top of his game.


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