Alabama offensive lineman Alphonse Taylor was arrested and charged with a DUI on July 17. But per a report from Stephanie Taylor and Aaron Suttles of the Tuscaloosa News, Taylor had no alcohol in his system.
Per court documents, Taylor blew 0.0 on his breathalyzer test. Per the arrest report, Taylor said he had not been drinking.
The officer did note that Taylor performed poorly on numerous field sobriety tests.
“While I was speaking with him, I observed him drop his phone on the ground between his feet,” the officer wrote in the arrest report. “Taylor struggled and swayed to retrieve his phone.”
The senior Alabama offensive lineman blew a 0.0 at 9:19 a.m. Taylor mentioned to the officer that he had felt fatigued and had hit his head on the steering wheel. Taylor was charged with a DUI as well as given a citation for leaving the scene of an accident. Taylor initially called the police after he had struck one vehicle. The officer then deemed he had struck another vehicle in the parking lot.
“Anytime you have a .00 blood-alcohol (level) and there’s not a long time period between the arrest and the time of the test, it raises an eyebrow,” Neff said. “What compounds this situation is we have a traffic accident in which (Taylor) hit his head on the steering wheel. … As we look forward, it’s going to be difficult for the city to establish that there’s enough evidence here (to prosecute for DUI).”
Alabama head coach Nick Saban had strong words for what Taylor did.
“We are very disappointed any time a player makes a choice that leads to this kind of behavior,” Saban said in a statement. “We are still in the process of gathering all of the details on the situation, but from a football standpoint, Alphonse Taylor has been indefinitely suspended from the team.”
Alabama opens its season in Dallas against USC on Sept. 3.