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Bucs TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins arrested on DUI charge (w/video)

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Two days before the Bucs' home opener, tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins was arrested early Friday morning and was charged with two misdemeanor counts, including driving under the influence.

Seferian-Jenkins, 23, was stopped by the Florida Highway Patrol at 3:42 a.m. Friday and was booked at the Orient Road Jail at 6:24 a.m., charged with misdemeanor charges of driving under the influence and violating a court-ordered Ignition Interlock Device restriction from a previous arrest for DUI in Washington in 2013.

He was released from jail at 12:13 p.m. on $750 bond, and left the jail without speaking to reporters who asked him whether he was concerned the arrest would result in him being waived by the Bucs. Bucs coach Dirk Koetter said after Friday morning's practice that he was aware of the incident but would wait until he learned more before making any comment or decisions about Seferian-Jenkins.

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According to the FHP, Seferian-Jenkins was driving at 75-80 mph in a 55 mph zone as he entered southbound I-275 near State Road 60. He made an improper lane change, cutting off an FHP trooper and "weaving back and forth." 

The arrest report states that Seferian-Jenkins was observed to have glassy eyes and the smell of alcohol and was "agitated," with slurred speech and leaning on objects for balance. He "performed poorly" on field sobriety tests and declined to provide a breath sample to measure his blood-alcohol level.

Seferian-Jenkins pleaded guilty to a DUI charge in 2013 while he was in college at the University of Washington. He was arrested in March 2013 and was a second-round draft pick of the Bucs in 2014. He is now in his third season with the Bucs and caught a 30-yard touchdown in the Bucs' season-opening win at Atlanta.

The Bucs are already likely down a tight end for Sunday's game, as Luke Stocker has not practiced since leaving last week's game at Arizona with an ankle injury. For depth, Tampa Bay could promote one of two rookies, Alan Cross and Danny Vitale, from the practice squad.

[Last modified: Friday, September 23, 2016 1:56pm]

    

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