by Chuck Carroll

ARLINGTON, Va. (CBSDC) — Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather was arrested for driving under the influence early Thursday morning in Arlington, Va.

Police initially pulled over a Lincoln MKZ driven by Meriweather on westbound I-66 near North Ohio St. around 2:54 a.m. for speeding.

The officer then detected the odor of alcohol on Meriweather after approaching the vehicle.

Meriweather refused to take a breathalyzer and failed multiple filed sobriety tests on the scene. Police say he was given at least five tests.

He was transported to the Arlington County Detention Facility where he was charged with DUI.

Meriweather also refused to consent to a blood test. Refusal to submit to a breath or blood test when suspected of driving under the influence is also a crime under Virginia’s implied consent law.

Meriweather signed a two-year, $6 million deal with the Redskins last month.

He was a first-round draft pick of the New England Patriots in 2007 and a two-time Pro Bowl selection. He spent last season with the Chicago Bears.

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