Alabama offensive lineman Alphonse Taylor was cleared of DUI charges on Tuesday, the Tuscaloosa News reports.
“Of course I am pleased with this verdict,” Taylor’s attorney, Jason Neff, told the Tuscaloosa News. “I hope Mr. Taylor will have an opportunity to move forward with his football career.”
But Taylor reportedly blew zeros on the breathalyzer test he took after the arrest. A police report showed him struggling with field sobriety tests, though, leading to the arrest. He compounded the troubling situation by leaving the scene of the accident, TideSports.com reported.
The judge will rule on that charge once the impacted vehicle is repaired, according to the Tuscaloosa News report.
Taylor had only left the scene, however, after self-reporting to Tuscaloosa police that he had hit another car. He told police at the scene that he had hit his head on the steering wheel. The responding officer wrote in his report that Taylor “appeared lethargic” and was speaking “very slow.” Taylor made the call at 8:50 a.m. and took the breathalyzer 29 minutes later.
Alabama opens its season Saturday against the USC Trojans at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Although Taylor was the Crimson Tide’s starting right guard last season, it’s unlikely he’ll get the nod Saturday. He is listed behind Ross Pierschbacher. After weighing in at 345 pounds, Saban told Taylor he needed to get in better shape to earn back the starting job.