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Police: Bucs player found asleep at the wheel, charged with DUI

TAMPA — A 27-year-old offensive lineman who has been with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for about a month was arrested early Tuesday on a DUI charge after police say he was found asleep at the wheel outside Raymond James Stadium.

Police said Marcus Johnson, of Oxford, Miss., was sleeping in his 2010 Chevrolet Impala in the middle of the intersection at W Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and N Dale Mabry Highway about 4 a.m.

A Tampa police lieutenant woke up Johnson up. No one else was in the car. The lieutenant, suspecting Johnson had been drinking, called a DUI investigator to the scene.

Police said Johnson had bloodshot, glassy eyes and a noticeable sway and smelled of alcohol. He agreed to a field sobriety test, during which he showed impairment, but he refused a breath test, police said.

Johnson was booked into the Hillsborough County Jail around 6 a.m. Bail was set at $500.

Johnson signed with the team in September. Before that he played with the Oakland Raiders and Minnesota Vikings.

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