Former NFL LB Rey Maualuga Reportedly Arrested on DUI, Criminal Mischief Charges

Adam WellsAugust 12, 2021

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - OCTOBER 08:  Rey Maualuga #58 of the Miami Dolphins looks on during a NFL game against the Tennessee Titans on October 8, 2017 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Ron Elkman/Sports Imagery/Getty Images)
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Former NFL linebacker Rey Maualuga was arrested Wednesday in Kentucky. 

Per TMZ Sports, Maualuga was booked into Kenton County Jail on charges of DUI, criminal mischief first degree and criminal mischief third degree. 

According to the police documents obtained by TMZ, Maualuga "drove through yards, plowed into mailboxes and ultimately hit a parked car" prior to being arrested. 

In the documents, officers wrote Maualuga was "sweating profusely" and he admitted to having a "few" alcoholic beverages before driving his car. 

Maualuga was formally booked in Kenton County Jail at 8:19 p.m. local time on Wednesday night. 

The 34-year-old rose to national prominence at USC from 2005 to 2008. He was named to the All-Pac-10 first team three consecutive years (2006-08), and won the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year and Bednarik Award as the nation's best defensive player in 2008. 

Maualuga was a second-round draft pick by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2009. The Oklahoma native spent the first eight seasons of his career with the Bengals.

He signed with the Miami Dolphins prior to the 2017 season but was waived midway through the year after being arrested on a battery charge in Miami. That charge was later dropped after Maualuga reached a plea deal.