P.J. Williams Arrested for DUI: Latest Details, Mugshot and Reaction

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistApril 3, 2015

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Former Florida State star P.J. Williams, one of the top cornerbacks available in the 2015 NFL draft class, was reportedly arrested on April 3 for DUI. However, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported on April 27 that the case has been dismissed, per Williams' lawyer, Jonathan Simon.  

Rapoport added the following details:

Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

From paperwork just filed in PJ Williams’ dismissed DUI case, signs of impairment claimed by the officer was not corroborated on video.

Albert Breer and Rapoport of the NFL Network initially passed along the news of Williams' arrest:

Albert Breer @AlbertBreer

From @RapSheet and me: Per the Leon County jail, FSU CB PJ Williams -- a prospective 1st-rounder -- was arrested for DUI at 3:08 AM today.

Breer also provided the defender's mugshot:

Albert Breer @AlbertBreer

And here's the booking photo from the Leon County jail. http://t.co/taj1acS0TB

Safid Deen and Karl Etters of the Tallahassee Democrat reported details surrounding Williams' arrest:

He was driving the rental car on a suspended license, according to court records.

Williams, 21, stopped during a green light at the intersection of Dewey and Tennessee Streets before turning onto Tennessee Street.

He swerved over the center line several times and the outside line nearly hitting the curb before he was stopped, court records show.

He told officers he was coming from local bar Recess. His stance swayed and he braced against the door of the vehicle when officers asked him to exit.

He refused a field sobriety test and to give a breath sample at the Leon County Jail.

Simon told TMZ Sports that his client did have "a drink or two earlier" but was the designated driver and had stopped drinking hours before the arrest. 

Rapoport added that the case was unlikely to be resolved before the NFL draft on April 30. 

It remains to be seen if this will impact Williams' draft stock. Being involved in any type of negative off-field incident during this stage of the evaluation process is a red flag, even though Pro Football Talk's Darin Gantt reported that "a league spokesman confirmed to PFT that draft-eligible players 'are not subject to discipline for DUI violations that occurred in college.'” 

Williams was also involved in a situation with police during his time at Florida State. Mike McIntire and Walt Bogdanich of The New York Times reported in November that Williams was in a crash that left both cars totaled but only received traffic tickets, despite initially fleeing the scene.

Before this latest incident, the corner was a fringe first-round prospect and likely one of the first five players at the position to come off the board. 


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