Rams' Quinn charged with drunken driving

2012-07-19T19:00:00Z 2012-07-20T14:05:27Z Rams' Quinn charged with drunken drivingBY DENISE HOLLINSHED • dhollinshed@post-dispatch.com > 314-340-8319 stltoday.com

St. Louis Rams defensive end Robert Quinn was charged with driving drunk in Florissant following a vehicle crash earlier this month.

Quinn, 22, was charged with driving while intoxicated on July 10 after police were called to a vehicle crash on the exit ramp of eastbound Interstate 270 at Washington/Elizabeth exit, according to police. Officers suspected Quinn was drunk and arrested him.

Quinn was charged with DWI and was released after posting bond, according to a police statement. Quinn was also charged with failure to exercise a high degree of care.

The Rams released a brief statement about the incident today.

“The Rams and the NFL office are aware of the situation regarding Robert Quinn," the statement said. "We take such matters very seriously, and we will act accordingly once the legal process plays out.”

Quinn was the Rams' first-round draft pick in 2011, the 14th overall selection out of North Carolina. He was third on the team with five sacks in 2011.

Quinn was ruled ineligible for his senior season at North Carolina in 2010 for improper dealings with an agent. More precisely, he accepted illegal benefits in the form of jewelry and travel accommodations totaling more than $5,000.

More than two dozen NFL players have been arrested or charged with crimes this offseason, with drunk-driving incidents dominating the list.

Besides Quinn, among those arrested for DWI or DUI are: San Francisco 49ers and former Mizzou defensive lineman Aldon Smith; Detroit DL Nick Fairley; Oakland wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey; Jacksonville WR and No. 4 overall draft pick Justin Blackmon; New York Giants offensive lineman David Diehl; and Seattle RB Marshawn Lynch.

Other recent high-profile arrests include: Minnesota RB Adrian Peterson for resisting arrest; Denver DE Elvis Dumervil for aggravated assault; and Dallas WR Dez Bryant for domestic assault after he attacked his mother.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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