Joe Burgess of Monticello Live reported that Williams was pulled over on June 18, 2011, west of Wilmar, Ark., and registered a blood alcohol content of .10 on a Breathalyzer test, when the legal limit is .08. Burgess also notes that Williams was back in his home state for a July 18 court appearance for the violation, and the judge anticipates a ruling in one week or less.
He spent two seasons in Cleveland and was then traded to the Lions in 2010. He recorded 31 tackles and two sacks for Detroit this past year.
The news surrounding Williams’ DUI last year is part of a rash of drunk-driving charges against NFL players, as well as a tumultuous offseason for the Lions.
Does the NFL need to start handing down harsher punishments for drunk-driving charges?
Pro Football Talk tracks charges brought against NFL players and shows that Quinn's and Britt's violations are the third and fourth drunk-driving charges by an NFL player this month. There were four such incidents in June as well, bringing a total of 13 for the year.
With Williams’ charge coming in 2011, there were eight driving-while-intoxicated infractions last year.
Prior to the news surrounding Williams’ crime, the Lions had already dealt with six different arrests between four of their players this offseason.
This is just another event in a long series of irresponsible actions from NFL players over the past few years.