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Colts' Rhodes Faces Drunk Driving Charge

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Indianapolis Colts running back Dominic Rhodes faces a drunken driving charge after state troopers arrested him Tuesday. Rhodes, 28, was pulled over about 3 a.m. driving a GMC truck 81 mph in a 55-mph zone on Interstate 65 in Indianapolis' far northwest side, Indiana State Police spokesman 1st Sgt. Dave Bursten said.

"It was a normal, run-of-the-mill drunk driving arrest," Bursten said.

Rhodes was cooperative with the state troopers who arrested him, police said. He was held overnight and released on his own recognizance after an initial hearing Tuesday afternoon.

Rhodes, who wore a black sweat suit with red trim, said nothing during the hearing and did not speak to reporters afterward.

He is scheduled to return to court Wednesday.

"We are very troubled by Dominic Rhodes arrest for DUI," Colts President Bill Polian said in a statement. "We will have no further comment until the case has been dealt with by the justice system."

He said Rhodes' contract expires Feb. 28, when he becomes a free agent, and that the back would be subject to NFL discipline under the substance abuse policy.

Rhodes' attorney Jim Voyles, who was at the processing center, said he did not know where Rhodes was before the arrest.

Rhodes, who became a free agent after the season, delivered an MVP-like performance in the Super Bowl, rushing for more than 100 yards in the win over Chicago. Afterward, he was featured in a Disney World television commercial with coach Tony Dungy.

Rhodes has been in trouble with the law before. Following a 2002 domestic disturbance at his home, Rhodes pleaded innocent in Marion Superior Court to misdemeanor charges of battery and domestic battery. Latrina Moore, who lived with Rhodes at the time and is the mother of a child with Rhodes, said Rhodes hit her and shoved her to the floor after she confronted him about other women calling their home, prosecutors said at the time.

Under an agreement with prosecutors in that case, Rhodes was charged with domestic battery but avoided prosecution. Instead, Rhodes was placed in a diversionary program and underwent mental health counseling.

The Associated Press left a message Tuesday seeking comment from Rhodes' agent Michael McCartney.

Rhodes started all 16 regular-season games in 2006, rushing for 641 yards and 5 touchdowns. He was Edgerrin James' backup since 2001 and had a chance to become the Colts featured back in 2006 but instead shared the job with rookie Joseph Addai.

The six-year veteran has 2,274 yards rushing in his career.