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Former NFL Rookie Of The Year Arrested On DUI After Crashing Into Trailer In Pennsylvania

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A former National Football League star was arrested for driving under the influence on Sunday, according to police and court documents.

The former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver, Associated Press' NFL Rookie of the Year for 1984 and New Orleans Saints player, Louis Lipps Jr., 59, of Pittsburgh, was arrested on for suspicion of a DUI after a crash Saturday night on Mount Washington, according to police, court documents and his biography.

Police were called to a crash on Ruth Street on Saturday just prior to 11 p.m., according to a criminal complaint obtained by KDKA.

Police arrived to find a 2012 Ram pickup truck crashed into a trailer in front of a home with Lipps Jr. in the driver's seat and his wife in the front passenger seat, according to police.

Lipps Jr. was described in the following way, according to a police stated in the criminal complaint obtained by WPXI:

  • “Bloodshot, watery and glassy eyes.” “Smell signs of an intoxicated beverage coming from [Lipps’] breath.”
  • Stuttering and slurring his words.
  • "Almost fell/stumbled to the ground to the point officers had to catch him from falling over,” during the sobriety test.

Lipps Jr. also told police he had "a lot,” to drink and his breath test showed a blood alcohol content of .235%, according to KDKA citing the police.

He was charged with two counts of Driving Under The Influence Of Alcohol or Controlled Substance, according to his court docket.

He was held over night at Allegheny County Jail and was released on his own recognizance on Sunday, as stated on his docket.

His preliminary hearing has been scheduled with Magisterial District Judge Kim Berkeley Clark on Nov. 22 at 9 a.m., according to his docket.

Lipps Jr. is scheduled to be inducted into the Steelers Hall Of Honor before the team takes on the Detroit Lions at Heinz Field next weekend.

There is no word from the Steelers on this arrest or if it changes the plans to induct Lipps Jr.

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