Pete Holmes, a former NFL running back, was arrested for a DUI in the Dominican Republic and faces the possibility of 5 years in prison. [Image credit: WLWT]
In a shocking story, former Miami Dolphins running back Pete Holmes, a key member of the team of the late 1980s, is facing the possibility of 5 years in prison after being arrested for a DUI on Tuesday in the Dominican Republic.
The incident was reported in the Dominican media.
The arrest stems from that Holmes drove his vehicle too quickly on the streets of Dominica.
The driver was traveling 70 kilometers per hour, the Dominican Standard Time (JST) according to a report cited by the Daily News. At that speed, the driver crossed an eight-lane highway.
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There was also a headlight malfunction, the report added.
The former Miami Dolphin was sentenced to 10 months in jail in 1999 for a DUI in Florida. This is Holmes’ second DUI in three years. He was arrested in November 2015 in Panama City, Florida for DUI, according to The Miami Herald. The arrest was made after someone claimed to have witnessed Holmes’ blood alcohol level go above 0.26.
The arrest occurred while he was in possession of a .357 Sig Sauer pistol and “a white plastic baggie” with cocaine, according to an arrest affidavit (read it here). The former player is also accused of having cocaine in his pants.
According to Holmes: “The gun had a round in each chamber with a bullet in the bottom left of each tube. The baggie had five-thousand dollars in it, and one cocaine packet.” Holmes was also under the influence of drugs and alcohol at the time of arrest.
According to a police report, Holmes was arrested after he failed field sobriety tests and refused to provide his name and address. Holmes was also suspected of refusing a chemical test. The DUI charges are alleged to be for an alleged “alcoholic beverage causing intoxication with intent to impair performance under J.R. 1403.”
While the incident in the Dominican has sparked an intense debate over the safety of NFL players in the region, there has been no mention yet of an actual criminal incident or of Holmes’ involvement with the NFL during his career in the Dominican Republic.
On the field, he was a key member of the team of the very late 1980s, during which time
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