Washington Redskins Safety Brandon Meriweather Arrested on Suspicion of DWI

Field YatesCorrespondent IIIApril 26, 2012

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 25: Brandon Meriweather #31 of the Chicago Bears awaits the start of play against the Green Bay Packers at Soldier Field on September 25, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Packers defeated the Bears 27-17.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Brandon Meriweather, a safety for the Washington Redskins, was arrested early Thursday morning on suspicion of DWI, according to a report from arlnow.com.

Meriweather, who signed with Washington this offseason on a two-year, $6 million deal, was allegedly on his way home from a Washington, DC night club when he was pulled over in the county of Arlington, VA at 2:54 A.M.

Police officers administered a field sobriety test on Meriweather, which he reportedly failed. He would not agree to a breathalyzer test, and spent the night in a local jail.

It's certainly not good news for the safety, who is expected to compete for a starting role in Washington this upcoming season.

Originally drafted by the Patriots in the first round of the 2007 NFL draft, Meriweather spent four seasons with the team before being released before the start of the 2011 season. He was eventually signed by the Chicago Bears, for whom he played in 11 games, recording 32 tackles and no interceptions.

For his career, Meriweather has played in 95 regular season games, recording 293 stops to go along with five forced fumbles, two sacks and 12 interceptions, one of which he returned for a score. 

Meriweather also drew interest from the New York Jets prior to signing with the Redskins this offseason.