Sidelined Seattle Seahawk Spencer Ware said he shouldn’t have been behind the wheel when he was pulled over at 12:38 a.m. Sunday for suspected DUI, according to the Washington State Patrol. However, he told a trooper he was driving friends to the clubs as he was the least intoxicated among them.
In the arrest report released Monday, the Patrol says police received a number of calls about a white Chevrolet Tahoe that was driving erratically and crossing in and out of lanes on westbound state Highway 520 and southbound Interstate 5 in Seattle. One of the callers followed the Tahoe as it was driven into downtown Seattle, alerting troopers to the vehicle’s exact whereabouts, according to the report.
The Tahoe, with three passengers, was pulled over in Belltown at First Avenue and Bell Street in front of Tia Lou’s bar after the driver ran a red light, according to the report. The officer wrote that the driver, identified as Ware, smelled of alcohol and had red eyes and slurred speech, the report says. The officer also noted that Ware had trouble getting his license from his wallet, the report noted.
According to the arrest report, Ware told the officer he was a professional athlete. He told the trooper he had started drinking at his home after the Seahawks’ playoff win against the New Orleans Saints. Ware told police he had a “shot and a mixed drink,” the report notes.
Ware submitted to a voluntary field-sobriety test, in which the officer notes that he “performed poorly” and also took a Breathalyzer test, blowing a .124 and a .122, well above the state’s legal limit of .08, according to the State Patrol.
It was while Ware was in the State Patrol’s breath-test room that he reportedly told the trooper that he knew he shouldn’t have been driving but was behind the wheel because he’d consumed less alcohol than his friends, according to the report.
Jail records indicate Ware was booked into King County Jail at 1:56 a.m. Sunday and released on $1,000 bail at 4:23 a.m.
Ware is a rookie from LSU who played in the Seahawks’ first two games of the season before suffering an ankle injury and being placed on injured reserve.
Ware has not been charged. According to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, the investigation will be forwarded to prosecutors and a charging decision will follow.