Originally posted on Bush League Chronicle  |  Last updated 7/28/13
A Knoxville news station has reported that ex-Tennessee Volunteers and ex-NFL quarterback Erik Ainge was arrested early Sunday morning and charged with driving under the influence.The arresting police officer noticed a GMC Sierra weaving in and out of traffic on I-40 West just after 1 a.m. local time. The officer eventually caught up with the vehicle and pulled it over.The officer aproached the vehicle and found Ainge sitting behind the wheel. The former New York Jet was asked to step out of the car and undergo field sobriety tests, which he failed, and was subsequently arrested.Ainge has been charged with DUI, implied consent, and roadway lane violation, according to the Knoxville Police Department.Ainge was booked and released by 5:30 a.m. on a $500 bond.The troubled former football player has a history of drug abuse and addiction. In 2011, Ainge revealed to ESPN.com that he has battled serious drug addiction in his past.Ainge played for the Volunteers from 2004 until 2007 and was drafted by the Jets in the fifth round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He said his drug problem began in college and only got worse when he turned professional.Ainge was suspended by the NFL for a violation of their drug policy in 2009. He entered rehab in 2009, was clean for a while, but then relapsed with alcohol. He went into rehab again in 2010, however, he never returned to the NFL.Ainge claims he is innocent of the charges brought against him early Sunday and insists he has been sober since July 2010.
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Slow start not a problem for Utah Jazz

Marshawn Lynch to be out a month following hernia surgery

Report: MLB in serious talks about hosting games in London

Agent for Eagles player: Chip Kelly has lost the team

Report: Man dies after Mirror Lake jump at Ohio State

Patriots owner defends officials: ‘They’re not robots’


Joseph Randle arrested for allegedly assaulting officer

Schefter denies saying Kelly’s days in Philly are numbered

Rodgers looking forward to seeing Brett Favre, Bart Starr

Kobe has worst game of his career against Warriors

Rams WR Stedman Bailey in hospital after being shot in head

Furious Brad Stevens blasts Celtics after lackluster game

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The five most overrated teams in the Week 13 coaches' poll

10 storylines for Week 13 of the college football season

Ranking the 10 best games of 2015 college football rivalry week

Examining the Mavericks' hot start

Johnny Bench(ed): Manziel demoted to third string

Mike Trout, four years in

Tom Brady on ‘Rex Ryan!’ line call: It’s ‘in the playbook’

Five NFL teams trending downward

Not so fast, USC: Eagles Chip Kelly buys Philly-area home

The five best hockey fights from Week 7

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker