(CBS) A day after Bears cornerback Tim Jennings was arrested on charges of driving under the influence, reckless driving and speeding in Gwinnett County in Georgia, more details have surfaced, while Jennings himself has denied the DUI charge.
Jennings was arrested shortly before noon Wednesday when an officer pulled him over for going 99 mph in a 65-mph zone. Upon talking with Jennings, the officer smelled an odor of alcohol.
Jennings admitted he had been drinking Tuesday night and into the early hours of Wednesday morning, saying he stopped around 2 a.m., per the police report and as reported by chicagofootball.com. Jennings said he was speeding because he was running late to a parent-teacher conference meeting for his 2-year-old.
When asked if he’d been drinking, Jennings responded, per reports, “What kind of question is that?” and added “Why are you asking me that?”
The officer also asked Jennings if he’d brushed his teeth or used mouthwash earlier that morning, saying he could still smell alcohol on his breath.
“You can brush your teeth and still have the smell of alcohol on your breath, you know that,” Jennings said, according to multiple reports.
Jennings then refused to take a field sobriety test or blow into a breathalyzer.
“I am not blowing into that damn thing, sir,” Jennings said.
Jennings was then arrested and held for about three hours before being released on bond.
On Wednesday night, Jennings denied the DUI charge in a tweet that’s since been deleted.
“I do apologize for speeding but DUI?? That’s not for me!! Sorry for speeding, guys,” he wrote.
Jennings has been a starter for the Bears since 2010 and started every game in 2014. He’s a two-time Pro Bowler who signed a four-year, $22.4-million deal last Janaury.
The Chicago Bears released a statement Wednesday that read, “We are aware of the reports regarding Tim Jennings’ arrest. We are currently gathering information to learn more about the circumstances surrounding the situation.”