Dallas Cowboys starting nose tackle Jay Ratliff was "verbally abusive several times," according to a probable cause affidavit from police in Grapevine, Texas, detailing his Tuesday morning DWI arrest.
|Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Jay Ratliff was arrested and charged with DWI early Tuesday morning. (Grapevine Police Department/)|
According to records obtained by ESPNDallas.com's Tim MacMahon, Ratliff was "cooperative and courteous" to authorities after plowing his black Ford F-150 truck into an 18-wheeler, but his "demeanor changed considerably" after being taken to jail, arresting officer Eric Barch reported.
Barch described Ratliff as having bloodshot, watery eyes and a "moderate odor" of alcohol on his breath. Ratliff refused to respond to questions and would not submit to a breath test, according to the report.
The affidavit states Ratliff exhibited 12 clues of intoxication over the course of three field sobriety tests. The 31-year-old nose tackle told police that prior injuries -- he had hernia surgery in December -- affected the testing.
Ratliff was uninjured in the crash. He told authorities he was "chillin' with a homegirl" in Arlington, Texas, before heading to his home in Southlake. When police asked Ratliff what he was doing on the Irving/Grapevine border -- some distance from the route connecting Arlington and Southlake -- he blamed his truck's navigation system.
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