A promising National Football League star was taken into custody by police in Texas on the night of May 16 after a concerned motorist called emergency operators about a pickup truck that was being driven recklessly in a construction zone on State Highway 242. Ed Oliver Jr. faces charges of unlawful weapons possession and driving while intoxicated. He was processed at the Montgomery County Jail and released the following morning after posting bail.
When Montgomery County deputies identified the pickup truck, they say that they observed it traveling at speeds of up to 85 miles per hour in an area where the speed limit is 45 miles per hour. After initiating a traffic stop near Patten Village at approximately 9 p.m., deputies claim to have noticed an open container of beer between the driver’s legs. They then ordered the 22-year-old defensive tackle to take a standardized field sobriety test. He was taken into custody when deputies determined that he had failed the test. The weapons charge was added because a handgun was allegedly found in the vehicle.
Oliver is said to have told deputies that he took the stimulant Adderall and consumed alcohol before driving. Adderall contains amphetamine. He is likely to face severe penalties for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy. Before being selected by the Buffalo Bills with the ninth overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft, Oliver was a standout athlete at the University of Houston. During his time at the university, he was named an All-American three times.
Most criminal defense attorneys would probably urge drivers suspected of DWI/DUI not to make admissions to police officers until they have consulted with a lawyer. While the urge to explain one’s actions can be strong in these situations, doing so is unlikely to improve matters and could make obtaining a favorable plea agreement more challenging.