Cowboys' Jay Ratliff charged with DWI after car accident

MOBILE, Ala. -- Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Jay Ratliff was arrested andcharged with driving while intoxicated after crashing his pickup truck into an18-wheeler early Tuesday morning in Grapevine, Texas.

Ratliff was not injured in the accident and was released from jail afterposting a $500 bond.

Grapevine senior police officer Sam Shemwell told USA TODAY Sports thatRatliff first hit the 18-wheeler and then a barricade. The driver of the18-wheeler was not injured.

Shemwell said Ratliff failed a field sobriety test administered by officersafter the accident.

Ratliff's arrest comes less than two months after Cowboys defensive linemanJosh Brent was arrested after an accident that killed teammate Jerry Brown.Brent has been charged with DUI manslaughter.

Back in December, a week after Brown's death, Cowboys owner JerryJones explained to USA TODAY Sports what service the team offers players toavoiding driving under the influence.

"We have two limo services on stand-by and a full-time staff person on call24 hours/seven days a week to pick up players," Jones said. "That person hasbeen called seven times this year."

The team services Jones described go beyond what's provided to NFL players bythe league and the NFL Players Association.

Ratliff, a four-time Pro Bowl selection, was limited to just six games thisseason because of a high-ankle sprain and a sports hernia that eventually endedhis season. Ratliff's replacement was Brent until Brent's arrest forced the teamto plug in Sean Lissemore.


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