Denver Bronco D.J. Williams lost his driver's license today for refusing a blood test after he was arrested by Denver police in November on suspicion of driving under the influence.
Williams, whose real name is Genos Derwin Williams, was driving a Hummer Nov. 12, when he was pulled over at 2:50 a.m. at Broadway and 9th Avenue for not having his headlights on.
Williams, 28, was arrested at the scene, and initially agreed to a blood test, according to testimony at Division of Motor Vehicles hearing. But once at Denver Health, Williams decided not to take the test and was advised by a police officer that he had to take the test or the refusal could be evidence to take his license. Under state law, a driver gives implied consent to a drug test just by driving.
Williams' Attorney Harvey Steinberg argued that repeated delays in the hearing and the fact that Steinberg did not receive the back page of one of the police reports should result in dismissal of the hearing.
Steinberg said today was the first he knew that his client asked what would happen if he refused the blood test.
"I want to be prepared but how can I be when I get the report as I walk into the hearing," he said.
But Hearing Officer Andrew Stone said the missing discovery was not significant and the delays were necessary as the officer was in court one day and running a training session where police observed people who are drinking to look for signs of intoxication. "I don't think there is unfair surprise to lead to a due process violation," he said.
Williams also told the officer he had three drinks, and the manager of the club did not want him to drive, Stone said, citing the police reports.
Williams just finished his seventh season with the Broncos and is the second highest paid player on the team, making $8.6 million this year, trailing only cornerback Champ Bailey.
This is the second DUI incident for Williams. Williams was previously arrested for a DUI in Douglas County in 2005. He pleaded guilty in that case.
A plea hearing for the November DUI is set for April 15, according to the Denver County courts database.
Williams can appeal Stone's decision in District Court, but Steinberg said that decision has not been made. Steinberg also declined to say if Williams was in Colorado or in Florida where he lives part of the year.
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