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Lorenzo Neal arrested for DUI

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Former NFL fullback Lorenzo Neal, a 16-year pro and four-time Pro Bowler, spent the Fourth of July drinking.  But also driving.  And eventually crashing his truck into a pole.  And getting arrested for DUI.

KFSN-TV in Fresno, California reports that Neal tested above the legal limit of 0.08 percent following the one-vehicle accident.

“[He] just ran off the road, struck a pole,” CHP Officer Axel Reyes told KFSN.  “Nothing real major about it.  Luckily, he didn’t hit anyone and no one else was with him as a passenger.”

Neal was released on the scene to the custody of a friend, and he was not taken to jail.

Neal played for the Saints, Jets, Buccaneers, Titans, Bengals, Chargers, and Ravens.

UPDATE:  A reader has pointed out via Twitter that Neal is the Chief Information Officer of Safe Rides Solutions, a professional driver service and DUI prevention program operated by law enforcement professionals.  “Through his years as a professional athlete, Lorenzo has experienced and seen many things off the field that are of great concern for his colleagues,” the company’s website states.  “Lorenzo feels drinking and driving is a major problem and effects [sic] people from all walks of life and all segments of society.”

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26 Responses to “Lorenzo Neal arrested for DUI”
  1. bolt4life says: Jul 5, 2011 11:30 PM

    I hope no one gets a bad idea about Lo Neal. I’ve met him multiple times and he is a stand up dude.

  2. hobartbaker says: Jul 5, 2011 11:32 PM

    “Damn, who move dat pole?”.

  3. hobartbaker says: Jul 5, 2011 11:34 PM

    Lorenzo’s Oiled.

  4. hobartbaker says: Jul 5, 2011 11:36 PM

    Neal also tested below the legal limit for operating a motor vehicle in the state of California, with an I.Q. of 69.

  5. worstwebsiteever says: Jul 5, 2011 11:37 PM

    Thats unfortunate. Lo Neal is a good dude and has always been nothing but a class act.

    Everyone makes mistakes, hes lucky no one got hurt.

  6. dannymac17 says: Jul 5, 2011 11:56 PM

    Ouch. And LoNeal is as classy as they come.

  7. hobartbaker says: Jul 6, 2011 12:08 AM

    “…major problem and effects (sick) people from all walks of life….”.

  8. hobartbaker says: Jul 6, 2011 12:11 AM

    Neal was over the limit, but luckily not so far over that he drove his wife into the pole, and smacked around his pickup truck when he got back home.

  9. hobartbaker says: Jul 6, 2011 12:26 AM

    They call it “DUI” because when the cops arrive at the scene and ask what happened, the drunks always start off……..”Du,I…..uh….uhhh…..dunno..”

  10. maddenboy says: Jul 6, 2011 12:54 AM

    I used to prosecute DUIs in California.

    I have never ever heard of someone being charged, but also released at the scene.

    The cops need to collect a blood or breath sample, unless he refused. And when you refuse (which results in a license suspension), the cops are usually irritated and take you to jail anyway. The handheld breath machine they use at the scene is presumptive at best, but they always want the official test on the more reliable machine at the jail.

    Not that a decent prosecutor cant win this case, with the solo collision and all, but just sayin’

    Did he get STAR treatment?? What if the pole had been a 10 year old kid out walking his dog? etc. etc.

  11. richm2256 says: Jul 6, 2011 1:30 AM

    Neal is the Chief Information Officer of Safe Rides Solutions, a professional driver service and DUI prevention program operated by law enforcement professionals.
    ————————————————-

    Well, well, well.

  12. richm2256 says: Jul 6, 2011 1:33 AM

    bolt4life says:
    Jul 5, 2011 11:30 PM
    I hope no one gets a bad idea about Lo Neal
    ————————————————-

    Yeah, it’s not like he was driving drunk on public roads or anything, and he’s probably going to follow the Plaxico Burress “I didn’t hurt nobody but ME!” defense.

    The fact that he runs a DUI prevention program shouldn’t make us have any bad ideas, either, right?

  13. discosucs2005 says: Jul 6, 2011 4:52 AM

    “I hope no one gets a bad idea about Lo Neal. I’ve met him multiple times and he is a stand up dude.”

    Being friendly and being smart are in no way related, which kind of sucks.

  14. joetoronto says: Jul 6, 2011 5:56 AM

    Oh yes, someone who advocates “DUI prevention” and then gets busted for DUI has to be a classy dude.

    WTF?

  15. evrybdyhas1 says: Jul 6, 2011 7:29 AM

    Once again you just can’t make this stuff up.

  16. superbengalfan says: Jul 6, 2011 7:41 AM

    Do as I say not as I do?

  17. yzguy431 says: Jul 6, 2011 8:11 AM

    as a practical matter we can blame the damn lockout, just a little.

  18. CKL says: Jul 6, 2011 8:30 AM

    worstwebsiteever says:
    Jul 5, 2011 11:37 PM

    Everyone makes mistakes, hes lucky no one got hurt.
    –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
    Driving drunk is a DECISION PEOPLE MAKE not a MISTAKE. A mistake is when you bump a table and knock a vase off of it and it breaks.

    I hate how PC nation has removed all personal responsibility from people for their actions with it’s passive voice (“errors were made”)and euphemisms.

  19. phinfan says: Jul 6, 2011 8:48 AM

    Drinkin like he’s irish, being pulled over like he’s (well you know)

  20. abninf says: Jul 6, 2011 9:45 AM

    He was released at the scene? The police department should be investigated.

  21. lucky5934 says: Jul 6, 2011 10:35 AM

    Even Alanis Morissette thinks this is “Ironic”.

  22. teeray3 says: Jul 6, 2011 10:42 AM

    I love how people judge other people. All these people who say, I would never drive drunk have probably already done it. Here is how simple it is . . . 2 Drinks per hour for most people is .08 or above. These two drinks are two 12 oz bears or two shots (strictly 1 oz or whatever a shot glass holds).

    Anything more than this and you are probably over the limit. This means if you drink two 16 oz beers you in an hour you are over the limit (by a lot .12 or more). How many of you measure your cups when your at the bar?!? How many of you count the number of beers you drink per hour when you go to happy hour or tailgate? I would guess most of you don’t and at .08 most of you would think you were fine to drive.

    All of you think .08 is easy to see, but most people who get a DUI get it after being stopped for something else or wrecking because they have no idea they are over the limit and are not driving erratically. In Indy a prosecutor recently got a DUI after fleeing the scene of a wreck. I am guessing she was no stupid but unaware. Of course she also got her job back.

    But for the grace of god . . .

  23. teeray3 says: Jul 6, 2011 10:43 AM

    Bears lol Beers; Bears would never fill you up!!

  24. tformation says: Jul 6, 2011 10:58 AM

    “Lorenzo feels drinking and driving is a major problem and effects [sic] people from all walks of life and all segments of society.”

    Perhaps Lo-Neal didn’t have enough information about the alternatives to drunk driving?

    Oh, wait. He’s the Chief Information Officer of Safe Rides. Yeah. Let’s hope the judge throws the book as hard as he legally can at this hypocrite.

  25. lovesportsandsurfing says: Jul 6, 2011 11:02 AM

    It was Lo Neal who recently Tweeted the CBA would be done by July 15th,…as you know I have predicted no NFL in 2011,…his recent Tweet had me scratching my head,..but now its clear,..he was Tweeting while drunk.

  26. CKL says: Jul 6, 2011 12:18 PM

    teeray3 says:
    Jul 6, 2011 10:42 AM
    I love how people judge other people.
    _____________________________
    Yeah those darned LAWS…I hate how judgmental they are!

    But your accusation that we who are “judging” are horrible because more than likely we have all driven while legally intoxicated is NOT judgmental, huh? Nice pretzel logic.

    I doubt that a person who has a full stomach, has 2 beers then sits and talks to his or her friends for a couple hours without drinking anymore is “legally intoxicated”. You can have alcohol and then later on operate a motor vehicle safely. But you have to have common sense and a sense of responsibility neither of which drunks who drive possess.

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