There’s no law against driving while tired.
That’s the claim that’s essentially been advanced by lawyers representing former NFL running back Jamal Anderson, who was arrested over the weekend for driving drunk.
“It appears that Mr. Anderson was tired after a long day of travel, spending time with his children, and visiting with out-of-town friends,” attorneys Michael Hawkins and Parag Shah said in a statement to Alexis Stevens of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “He was not, however, driving under the influence of alcohol. . . . He was polite and cooperative with the police, even agreeing to submit to roadside balancing tests despite his injured knees.”
It’s unclear whether Anderson submitted to breath testing, which if properly conducted would provide conclusive proof as to whether and to what extent Anderson had alcohol in his system. If he refused, that’s a sign that he had been drinking something, and that he was concerned that his blood-alcohol concentration would meet or exceed the legal limit.
Anderson was arrested early Sunday morning after he was allegedly driving so slow on I-85 that he was impeding traffic.