Blood-alcohol level for Cowboys' Ratliff was twice the legal limit

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Cowboys nose tackle Jay Ratliff had a blood-alcohol level that was twice the legal limit when he was arrested last week on suspicion of driving while intoxicated after a crash involving a tractor-trailer rig on Texas 114 in Grapevine, police said Monday.

Lab results received by the Grapevine criminal investigations division indicate that Ratliff had a blood-alcohol level of 0.16. In Texas, someone with a level of 0.08 is considered legally intoxicated.

Ratliff remained free Monday after posting $500 bail on the misdemeanor offense.

Neither Ratliff nor the driver of the big rig was hurt in the Jan. 22 wreck.

The crash happened about 12:30 a.m. in westbound lanes in the 2800 block of Texas 114. Ratliff, who lives in Southlake, was driving a black 2011 Ford F-150 pickup when he attempted to change lanes.

A responding officer gave Ratliff a field sobriety test "and formed the opinion he was intoxicated," Grapevine police have said.

A Grapevine police report indicated that Ratliff had been in Arlington that evening.

Ratliff refused an on-scene breath test, so officers subsequently obtained a warrant to draw a blood sample, police said.

Ratliff's arrest comes about six weeks after he and his teammates attended the funeral for teammate Jerry Brown, who was killed after a car driven by teammate Josh Brent crashed in Irving. Police said Brent was driving drunk, and he has been indicted on a charge of intoxication manslaughter.

The nose tackle had season-ending surgery in early December after already missing seven games during the season.

A Cowboys official said Monday that the organization was monitoring the case.

"Having recently experienced the most tragic of circumstances regarding this issue, we, as an organization, understand the ultimate consequences of driving while impaired," said Calvin Hill, a consultant for the Cowboys' player-development program. "We know that one incident is too many."

Hill said that the Cowboys would continue to use player-assistance programs in an attempt to prevent further incidents.

"We will continue to draw upon the best expertise and resources available, both internally and from outside the organization, to work toward being the best in the areas of education, prevention, and effecting the right decisions," Hill said. "We have been in communication with Jay Ratliff regarding this incident, and we will work within the NFL guidelines for player behavior moving forward."

This report contains information from Star-Telegram archives.

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