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Porter Arrested for DUI, Resisting Arrest, Assaulting Peace Officer


3/31 UPDATE: District Attorney announces there will be no charges filed against Porter in relation to his arrest on March 27th.

3/30 UPDATE: Bakersfield local law enforcement launches internal  investigation in response to Porter’s claim of police brutality.

3/29 UPDATE: Porter, through wife, Christy, refutes charges, lawyers up.

3/27 UPDATE: The Cardinals’ official statement:

The team is aware of the incident.  We are in the process of gathering all of the facts concerning it and won’t comment further until that’s completed.”

There are many that believed Porter may bring a certain amount of controversy with him from Miami, but few would have predicted it would happen so soon.  The Associated Press and other news sources report that Joey Porter was arrested early Saturday morning outside a Taco Bell in Bakersfield, California, Porter’s hometown.  According to the California Highway Patrol, Porter’s friend was pulled over in the Taco Bell parking lot for reasons that are not yet known.

During the stop, Porter apparently pulled his car too close the officer’s car, at which point the officer approached Porter’s car.  The officer involved claimed that he smelled alcohol coming from Porter’s car and asked for Porter’s license.   Porter refused and attempted to roll up his window.  The officer then supposedly reached into Porter’s still open window to manually unlock the car door, at which point Porter allegedly slapped the officer’s hand away.  The officer then apparently grabbed Porter’s arm, prompting Porter to jump out of his car and “confront” the officer.   The officer drew his pistol and ordered Porter to the ground, which Porter refused.  Eventually, additional officer came to the scene and Porter was finally taken into custody.

The new Cardinals linebacker was charged with three misdemeanors, including DUI, resisting arrest, and assault on a peace officer.  As of now, there is no other news related to Porter’s arrest or charges.  Unfortunately, this isn’t Porter’s first brush with the law.  He was arrested on March 18, 2007 in Las Vegas for allegedly assaulting Bengals offensive tackle Levi Jones.  There is no word whether Commissioner Goodell intends to contact Porter regarding his latest transgressions.  It would be unfortunate for the Cardinals if a suspension is in Porter’s near future.

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