Cowboys nose tackle Jay Ratliff’s blood alcohol content was .16 — twice the legal limit — after his arrest for driving while intoxicated last week, blood test results revealed, Tim MacMahon of ESPN Dallas reports. This according to Grapevine, Texas, police.
Ratliff was arrested in the early morning hours of Jan. 22 after his 2011 Ford pickup truck sideswiped an 18-wheeler and slammed into a median protector on State Highway 114. There were no injuries as a result of the crash, which caused major damage to the driver’s side of Ratliff’s truck.
The police report states that Ratliff, a four-time Pro Bowler and team captain, failed three field sobriety tests at the scene and refused to provide a breath specimen. A search warrant was issued for a blood sample at 2:55 a.m., almost two and a half hours after the police arrived at the scene of the accident.
Ratliff’s arrest came less than two months after his backup, Josh Brent, was charged with intoxication manslaughter after a wreck that killed outside linebacker Jerry Brown, who was on the Cowboys’ practice squad.
Blood results after the Dec. 8 accident, which occurred on the same highway as Ratliff’s wreck about 16 miles away, revealed that Brent had a blood alcohol level of .189.