Does it every really help when you’re arrested for DUI and hit-and-run to start by telling officers that you’re a college football player?
Jason Anthony Douglas, 19, is charged with causing an accident resulting in serious injury, aggravated assault, DUI and underage drinking. The incident occurred just before 2 a.m. at East Carson Street and 22nd Street, according to a Pittsburgh Police criminal complaint. Officers were performing DUI checkpoints in the area when a witness told them he’d seen a silver Pontiac sedan with a missing front driver’s side headlight fleeing inbound on East Carson Street after striking a man later identified as Christopher Paul, no age available.
A tow truck driver with McGann and Chester caught up with the sedan near 18th Street in the South Side and followed it until the sedan’s driver parked on Sarah Street, where arriving police officers ordered the driver out of the car.
The driver, identified as Douglas, stumbled from the sedan and nearly fell, according to the affidavit. His breath smelled strongly of alcohol, and officers had to help him stand, the affidavit states. “Hey I play for Pitt football. … Please don’t arrest me,” Douglas told the officers, according to the affidavit.
Douglas’ eyes were also bloodshot and glassy. Douglas was given a breath alcohol test at the scene, registering .178 percent.
Pitt RB Jason Douglas arrested in South Side hit-and-run (Pittsburgh Live)