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Fred Davis Arrested in Fairfax County for Drunk Driving

The tight end's arrest comes a day after he was suspended indefinitely by the NFL.


Davis. Photograph courtesy Fairfax County Police Department.

Redskins tight end Fred Davis was arrested Thursday afternoon for drunk driving in Tysons Corner, Fairfax County Police say. Davis, a six-year NFL veteran, was arrested about 3:45 PM at the intersection of Gallows Road and Leesburg Pike, and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.

It’s been a rough week for Davis, who on Wednesday was suspended indefinitely for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy, which he said was because he unwittingly ingested a nutritional supplement containing banned substances, according to a statement from the players’ union. Davis also ran afoul of the league’s drug policy in 2011, when he was suspended for four games after failing a drug test for marijuana.

Davis, who was released after sobering up in police custody, is also heading into free agency this off-season. He’ll need to apply for reinstatement into the NFL before signing a new contract.

Davis’s court date has not been set. No word on if he’ll be representing himself again when he appears before a judge.

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Benjamin Freed joined Washingtonian in August 2013 and covers politics, business, and media. He was previously the editor of DCist and has also written for Washington City Paper, the New York Times, the New Republic, Slate, and BuzzFeed. He lives in Adams Morgan.