ESPN is reporting that Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Eric Wright was arrested Monday on suspicion of felony driving under the influence in Los Angeles.
According to the report, Wright who signed a signed a five-year, $37.5 million deal with the Buccaneers in the offseason, was arrested around 12:20am when his Mercedes SLS luxury sports coupe rear ended a pickup truck near the Staples Center.
Authorities say Wright, who wasn’t injured in the crash, had symptoms that made it appear he was under the influence but refused to take sobriety tests. He was then booked for investigation of felony DUI and bail was set at $100,000.
Per the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s department website, the 26-year-old was released at 1:34pm.
Following Wright’s arrest, Bucs director of communications Jonathan Grella released a statement which said:
“We are aware of the arrest and are in the process of gathering information. We take such matters very seriously and will handle it appropriately.”
Before joining the Bucs in the offseason, Wright, a five-year NFL vet, played for the Detroit Lions, starting all 16 games in the 2011-2012 season and recording 74 tackles and four interceptions.
A second-round pick by Cleveland in 2007, the UNLV product played his first four seasons with the Browns. Over the course of his career, Eric Wright has racked up 13 interceptions and 320 tackles.