Baltimore Ravens rookie linebacker Sergio Kindle, who sat out this season after fracturing his skull in a preseason fall down two flights of steps, was arrested and charged with drunken driving early Sunday morning, www.baltimoresun.com/sports/ravens/bs-sp-ravens-kindle-arrest-20101226,0,7215987.story" target="_blank">the Baltimore Sun reported.
Kindle was pulled over at 4:09 a.m. after an officer observed his vehicle weaving as he drove northbound on Route 1 near Route 32 in Savage, Maryland, about 12 miles south of Baltimore in Howard County. He was ticketed for speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol and failure to obey traffic control devices, the newspaper reported. Court records obtained by the Sun show he was taken into custody and released after posting $10,000 bond.
When reached Sunday night, Kindle told the Sun he was driving home with friends, one of whom had to catch an early flight. He said he had informed team security about the arrest and apologized to the team.
"I just want to apologize to the organization, because I don't want to bring a negative light to the team," he said. "It was my mistake. I can't take it back now. I don't know what's going to happen from here."
The arrest comes several days after Kindle met with doctors at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore and wasn't given good news about his neurological condition, sustained when he fell down two flights of stairs in late July at a friend's house in Austin, Texas.
"It's up in the air from what they tell me," Kindle said Wednesday. "Basically, they're just saying they don't know. They haven't dealt with an injury like mine before. They can't really give me a yes or a no with confidence.
"Next year, I thought it would be a no-brainer, but from what the doctors telling me, it could be different."
Signed to a one-year, $320,000 contract with no signing bonus or incentives, Kindle, a second-round pick who is currently on the reserve non-football injury list, is scheduled to be an exclusive-rights free agent next year. The Ravens can hold onto Kindle's rights if they want to tender him.