May 6, 2004
HOUSTON (AP) -- Houston Texans safety Marcus Coleman was charged with driving while intoxicated early Thursday after his damaged car was spotted partially on a curb and within a lane of traffic on a Houston street, police said.
Coleman, 29, was booked into the city jail and within hours was freed on $500 bond.
Police spokesman John Cannon said an officer was dispatched to a reported traffic hazard about 1:30 a.m. Thursday. When he arrived, he found Coleman's car and identified the driver.
A DWI task force unit was called to the scene and field sobriety tests were performed. Cannon said the tests determined the driver was intoxicated and he was ``offered the breath test, which he refused.''
Coleman, who late last month was moved to free safety from cornerback, faces a misdemeanor DWI charge.
The Texans acquired Coleman in the expansion draft two years ago from the New York Jets, where he played for six years.
He was a safety at Lake Highlands High School in Dallas, then started 36 straight games for Texas Tech, where he set a Southwest Conference record with four interception returns for touchdowns.
Coleman's agent, Jimmy Sexton, did not immediately return a phone message left Thursday by The Associated Press.
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