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Cowboys' Ratliff Charged in Intoxicated-Driving Case

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Cowboys' Ratliff Charged in Intoxicated-Driving Case

Grapevine Police

Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman Jay Ratliff has been charged with a Class A misdemeanor in connection with an intoxicated-driving arrest in Grapevine earlier this month.

Ratliff was arrested on suspicion of intoxicated driving after a collision with an 18-wheeler along state Highway 114 on Jan. 22.

Police were alerted to the crash by 911 calls shortly after the crash. The responding officers learned that Ratliff, who was driving a pickup truck, turned into the big rig before crashing into a barrier wall.

Grapevine police said lab results indicated that Ratliff had a blood-alcohol level of .16 at the time of his arrest.

After the crash, Ratliff failed a field sobriety test and then became verbally abusive as he refused to take a breath test. Officers obtained a warrant and forced him to submit to giving a blood sample.

Ratliff's arrest came less than a month after fellow defensive lineman Josh Brent was indicted on one count of intoxication manslaughter for his role in a one-car crash that killed teammate Jerry Brown Jr.

Ratliff will next appear in court Feb. 26.

If convicted, he faces up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $4,000.

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