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Deonte Harris' DUI arrest allegedly saw the New Orleans Saints wide receiver follow up a .246 BAC breathalyzer reading with a request that police simply let him go, according to a police report obtained by nola.com's Amie Just.
The arrest on suspicion of DUI occurred last month in Maryland.
Harris, a first-team All-Pro as a punt returner in the 2019 season, is entering his third season with the Saints and has so far been little used on offense, totaling 210 receiving yards and one touchdown in two seasons.
He seemed primed for a bigger role this year due to the exit of Emmanuel Sanders (82 targets last season) and the ill-timed surgery of Michael Thomas (55 targets in 2020, 185 in 2019), but could now be facing sanctions from the NFL, which has suspended players for DUIs in the past.
How Deonte Harris' DUI arrest allegedly went down
Per nola.com, the arresting officer claimed they observed the 23-year-old Harris swerve his Mercedes-Benz C300 across three lanes of traffic while driving more than 20 mph over the speed limit outside of Baltimore, leading to Harris getting pulled over around 1:30 a.m.
Harris allegedly rolled down his window and offered his credit card, supposedly because he had confused it for his driver's license. The officer wrote that he observed Harris' breath and person smelling of alcohol and his eyes being bloodshot and glassy.
Harris allegedly admitted to not being sober and having "two to three" tequila-based cocktail in a stretch of drinking that stretched back to 4 p.m. He reportedly failed three field sobriety tests and displayed 16 out of 18 clues police use to determine a potential DUI, leading to the breathalyzer test that returned a .246 BAC.
The officer arrested Harris and took him to a police precinct in Towson. During the trip, the officer claims Harris asked "just let me go."
Rather than having that request granted, Harris was booked and received seven citations: driving under the influence of alcohol, driving while impaired by alcohol, negligent driving, reckless driving, failure to obey traffic control device instructions and exceeding the speed limit. The citations reportedly add up to $1,000 and that doesn't include the pending DUI charge.
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