Raiders' Gruden Arrested For DUI


Oakland Raiders coach Jon Gruden was speeding and driving erratically when he was arrested after his team beat the San Diego Chargers, the California Highway Patrol said Tuesday.

Gruden, fresh from Sunday's 7-6 victory, was booked at the Santa Rita Jail for investigation of drunken driving and was released about three hours later. He was scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 9.

"Our officers saw him exceeding the speed limit by about 15 or 20 mph," said patrol Capt. Mary Harrison. She said the coach was cooperative.

The 35-year-old coach, the NFL's youngest, told the Contra Costa Times he wants to wait "to see if justice prevails."

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"I'm confident it will," he said.

Patrol spokesman Steve Creel said Gruden was traveling above the 35 mph speed limit in Pleasanton, about 45 miles east of San Francisco. He said the coach was straddling lanes and officers determined he was under the influence.

Gruden took a blood test, which authorities said takes 10 days to two weeks to process.

Creel said the case will be handed over to the Alameda County District Attorney's office when the investigation ends.

"The CHP won't handle this any more or less seriously than any other DUI," he told the newspaper.

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